On 28th November 2013, Li Ruiyou, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Edinburgh, attended a meeting held by the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on China (CPG on China) and chaired by Mr. Graeme Pearson, Member of the Scottish Parliament and Convener of CPG on China. The meeting was attended by around 40 people from the Scottish Government, local councils, business, educational and cultural sectors. Consul General Li hosted a reception at the end of the meeting in the Scottish Parliament for the attendees of the meeting.
In his speech at the meeting, Consul General Li commended that the CPG on China is a vibrant platform on which people from different sectors often gather together and exchange views and experiences about China. And it undoubtedly has become one of the most broad-based platforms in Scotland for better understanding between our two peoples, and for promoting relationship with China.
Mr. Li said that Scotland's connections with China have been getting stronger, and the scale and scope of the mutually beneficial exchanges and collaborations between China and Scotland have been expanding day by day. These achievements have been made thanks to the efforts and contributions by so many friends in Scotland, including members of the CPG on China. Mr. Li expressed sincere appreciation and gratitude on behalf of the Consulate to every one of them for their goodwill and devotion to promoting valuable ties between China and Scotland.
Mr. Li also briefed the participants on 'the Decision on the Major Issues Concerning Comprehensively Deepening Reforms' approved by the 3rd Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee recently. He told them that "to better handle the relationship between government and the market" is the core issue of deepening the reforms and "to improve the economic system" its key part. Therefore, the reforms are focusing on modernizing 'governance system' to improve 'governance capability', allowing the market to play 'decisive' role in allocating resources, promoting diversity of ownership to encourage and boost the private sector, lowering the investment threshold and setting up free trade zones, putting powers under supervision to make sure they are exercised transparently, or in colloquial Chinese, "to have the powers locked in the cage", and building a comprehensive system for protecting and improving the environments.
Mr. Li pointed out that the CPC central leadership is very determined to speed up the transformation of China's economic growth model and promote innovation to facilitate more efficient, more equitable and more sustainable development. So in the next 5 to 10 years, the world will witness profound changes and new progress in China.
Mr. Li expressed his confidence that based on China's 35 years of reforming and development experience, China will succeed in its new round of reforms, and the new reforms will unleash new growth dynamics not only for China, but also for the rest of the world, like previous reforms which have contributed a great deal to the development of the world economy.
John Somers, First Secretary of Scottish Affairs of the UK Embassy in Beijing, Mark Boyce, Head of China and Americas Team of the Scottish Government were invited to speak on the development of the relationships between China and Scotland. Lord Wilson of Tillyorn (and former Hong Kong governor), Dr. Judith McClure, Secretary of the CPG China and Convener of the Scotland China Education Network attended the meeting and the reception along with Mr. Zhang Huazhong, the newly posted Deputy Consul General and other consular officers from the Chinese Consulate.
During the reception many participants were engaged in exchanging ideas about the significance of the ties between Scotland and China, and on the blueprints and prospect of the new rounds of reforms in China.