Since starting its economic reforms in 1978, China has been the world’s fastest growing economy of the last quarter century. It has maintained a record of more than 10% growth average in the last 30 years. The country's economic growth has slowed in recent years, however this appears to signal a healthy transition to a stable, inclusive pattern of growth (OECD).
Despite the recent slowing, China is currently on track to double its GDP between 2010 and 2020 (OECD Economic Surveys China 2015).
Historically, Scotland has shown stronger commercial ties with Europe and North America than with East Asia, even so Scotland has been trading with China since the 18th century. Since 2006, the Scottish Government's China Plan has revitalized the long-lasting relationship between the two economies.
A five-year Strategy for Engagement between Scotland and the People's Republic of China was released in 2012.
This section provides links to Scottish companies working in or with China as well as to organisations supporting business engagement with China.