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Scotland Pays For Chinese Panda Bears With Fishy Salmon And Turning A Blind Eye To Norway’s Nobel Woes

by | 7th, December 2011

SCOTLAND gets those Chinese panda bears on hire for ten years, and China gets lots of Scottish salmon.

In October, the BBC reported that Scottish salmon suits Chinese tastes:

China has leapt into top spot in the Far East for Scottish salmon exports just six months after it allowed seafood to be sent directly from Scotland for the first time. Data from HM Revenue and Customs revealed 2,347 tonnes of salmon were exported to the world’s most populous nation in the first half of 2011.

The Far East total for the period was 3,036 tonnes, worth £16m.

China is now the fifth largest export destination for Scottish salmon.

In January, the Scottish and Chinese governments reached an agreement to allow seafood exports directly from Scotland. The announcement was made when First Minister Alex Salmond met Vice-Premier Li during a visit to Scotland…

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead hailed the figures as “a huge vote of confidence” in Scottish salmon and another boost for Scottish food exports.

He said: “If this is what can be achieved in the first six months,

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