Question: Since China-UK relationship is encountering some difficulties, how is the relationship between China and Scotland? Will China place restrictions on Chinese students who want to study in Scotland?
Embassy Spokesperson: Recent years have seen a sound momentum in the relations between China and Scotland, with remarkable achievements in exchanges and cooperation across the board. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, China and Scotland have maintained communication and exchanges on joint response to the pandemic. At the end of March this year, a team of medical experts from China's Shandong Province visited the UK and held a webinar with Scottish Government officials and medical experts to share experience of epidemic prevention, control and treatment. They also donated medical supplies to the Scottish side. This has given a strong boost to China-Scotland cooperation on fighting the disease.
Regional cooperation is an important pillar of China-UK relations. China and Scotland enjoy a sound basis, enormous potential and promising prospects for cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, education, science and technology and tourism. China stands ready to leverage the China-UK Regional Leaders Summit to match the comparative strengths of the two sides and deepen friendly cooperation across the board with Scotland.
Educational exchanges and cooperation is a highlight of cooperation between China and Scotland. More than 10,000 Chinese students are now studying in Scotland, and close to 20 Scottish universities have established partnerships with Chinese universities. China stands ready to enhance educational exchanges and cooperation with Scotland on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment, so as to deepen mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of the two sides. It is our hope that the Scottish Government and universities will take good care of Chinese students and safeguard their legitimate rights and interests.