On the evening of 24th May 2011, Consul General Li Ruiyou hosted a reception to mark his assumption of post. Over 100 guests and friends from the Scottish government at different levels, political parties, consular corps, entrepreneurs, educational and academic circles attended the reception.
In his remarks, Consul General Li spoke highly of Scottish landscape, history, culture and sciences, and acknowledged the passion and hospitality of the Scottish people towards China. Mr. Li also commended the close relationship and cooperation between China and Scotland, which was highlighted by the Chinese Vice premier Li Keqiang's successful visit to Scotland.
Consul General Li briefed the guests on China's 12th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development, and the efforts and progress of the post-earthquake reconstruction in southwestern Sichuan Province.
The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament Ms. Tricia Marwick extended on behalf of the newly elected Scottish Parliament their warm welcome to Consul General Li. She said there have been a number of exchanges between members of the Scottish Parliament and delegates and officials of the Chinese People's Congress. And in recent years, some of Scotland's leading sectors have benefited from greater cooperation and investment from China, particularly in the areas of renewable energy, life sciences and tourism, and the Chinese vice-premier Li Keqiang's visit in January helped to boost these connections, with many Scots eagerly looking forward to the arrival of the giant pandas Tian Tian (甜甜) and Yang Guang (阳光).
In her remarks, the Cabinet Secretary for Cultural and External Affairs Mrs. Fiona Hyslop recounted her two visits to China in 2008 and 2009. She pointed out that China and Scotland are enjoying considerable economic, academic and cultural links, and said She is looking forward to the National Ballet of China and the Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe being headline acts during this year's Edinburgh International Festival. Their performances and the arrival of the giant pandas will encourage an even greater interest in learning about Chinese language and culture.
Mrs. Hyslop presented the poetry of Robert Burns and a Chinese-Scottish tartan scarf to Consul General Li.