Salmond looks to China on offshore

UK: Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said he is looking to increase the level of co-operation between Scotland and China on the development of offshore wind energy.

Speaking in in a recent interview with Xinhua News Agency, Salmond said: "China has strong onshore wind power technologies, and we can now cooperate on offshore wind power, as well as other marine powers like wave and tidal power."

The comments were made ahead of a planned visit to China in early December in a bid to promote Scottish companies.

"We want to have more relationships with Chinese companies, to have more mutual investment between each other. We want to help supply clean, green electricity in China," the minister said.

Several Scottish companies have opened subsidiaries in China or have built joint ventures with Chinese companies, and Chinese companies such as PetroChina have also invested in Scotland