Scottish Whisky Presented to Mark the 70th Anniversary of PRC

On 26 June 2019, a whisky presentation was made to Chinese Consul General Pan Xinchun to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China at St Andrew's House. Ms Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs presented the bottle no.1 of a 70 year Old Single Malt distilled in 1949 launched by Gordon&Macphail.

Consul General expressed sincere gratitude to the presentation, saying that China's engagement with Scotland grew much stronger in the past few years with fruitful economic and trade cooperation. The total goods exports to China across the whole of the Scottish economy increased by more than 40% to £2.2 billion in 2017, with an average annual growth rate of over one third for the fourth consecutive year. Food and drink exports have gone up by 153%, with the increasing popularity of whisky and salmon in China. Mr Pan said that the ceremony represents deepening friendship between China and Scotland, encouraging Scottish business society to seize the opportunities of Belt and Road, and China International Import Expo to bring China more class products and services.

Cabinet Secretary said that the Scottish Government is committed to enhancing relations with China so as to work collaboratively and constructively with China. The friendly and hospitable people of Scotland welcomes visitors and investment from China. The Scottish Government will continue to support businesses in Scotland to share enormous opportunities provided by China's development in an effort to expand export to China and raise the profile of Scottish products there.

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