On 11 June 2016, the Scotland China Association celebrated its fiftieth anniversary at the Confucius Institute in Edinburgh University. Mr. Pan Xinchun, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Edinburgh, was invited to attend the celebrations and made a speech.
Consul General Pan extended his warmest congratulations to the SCA on its fiftieth anniversary. He said the Scotland China Association is the most active and the oldest friendship association with China in Scotland. The SCA has always been adhering to developing friendship with China ever since it was established in 1966. He appreciated that SCA has played an active and significant role in enhancing and deepening exchanges, understanding and friendship between peoples of China and Scotland, and the tireless work by SCA has contributed to Sino-Scottish friendship and co-operation by producing the journal Sine regularly, organizing lectures on Chinese culture, history, social and economic development, promoting people-to-people culture exchanges and participating in friendly exchanges of visits between China and Scotland, etc.. Consul General Pan said a friend in need is a friend in deed. Fifty years are long enough to demonstrate the SCA is an all seasoned friend for China. Mr. Pan expressed his heartfelt thanks and highest gratitude to past and current Chairmans, to all members of the SCA and to friends from various sectors who have supported the growth of China-Scotland friendship.
Consul General Pan said that Chinese President Xi Jinping made a successful state visit to the UK last October, opening the Golden Era for China-UK relationship. Present relationship between China and Scotland is also developing on a fast-track with huge achievements in friendly collaborations across various fields, in sharp contrast to fifty years ago. Both sides make frequent high-level exchanges, fruitful co-operation in trade and investment and active collaboration in culture and education, as evidenced by the fact that there are five Confucius Institutes and twenty-two Confucius Classroom Hubs established in Scotland where more than twenty-thousands students studying Chinese language, culture, history and art. In the meantime, there are about ten-thousands Chinese students studying here in Scotland. Besides, the year of 2015 witnessed almost one hundred thousands Chinese tourists visiting Scotland.
Consul General Pan pointed out that friendly exchanges among ordinary people provide constant driving force for growing and consolidating Sino-Scottish relations. At the age of fifty, the SCA has entered a mature period. He firmly believes that the SCA will play a bigger role in promoting friendship and goodwill between China and Scotland and make new contributions to our co-operation and to the continued development of China-UK friendly relations. He sincerely wished the celebration a great success and the Sino-Scottish friendship to last forever !
Hosted by Madame Janice Dickson, Chairman of the SCA, the celebration was attended by key members and earlier members from London, New Castle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, as well as representatives of China-Britain Business Council, students from local high schools and overseas Chinese in Scotland.