Moore meets with Chinese vice-premier

BORDERS MP and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore was on hand at Edinburgh Airport at the weekend to welcome Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang at the beginning of his four-day to the United Kingdom, writes Mark Entwistle.

Mr Moore, accompanied by his under-secretary of state and fellow Borders MP David Mundell, held a formal meeting with the vice premier in the Scottish capital to discuss a range of issues, including the future of trade and further social and cultural links between the United Kingdom, including Scotland, and China.

Mr Keqiang also had meetings with Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Chancellor George Osborne, as well as other UK ministers during his visit. He also met Scotland’s First Minister, Alec Salmond.

Following the private meeting on Sunday, the Secretary of State said: “I had a very constructive meeting with Vice Premier Li Keqiang which will build on the existing relationship between our countries.

“China and the UK are key partners in growth for the future. There are a huge number of economic opportunities which exist between China and Scotland, and I am keen to see us take advantage of our excellent trading links and create new routes to market in the near future. I told the Vice Premier we had already achieved much together, including the protection of Scotch whisky in the Chinese market, and that we had many areas of common interest such as the future of renewable energy and links between our respective financial, education and tourism sectors, as part of the comprehensive strategic partnership between our countries.

“His visit here is a significant sign that Scotland is a key part of the United Kingdom’s relationship with the rest of the world.

“I warmly welcome the vice-premier and the Chinese delegation to Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.”