Nicola Sturgeon will be met on her return from China this weekend by demands for a ministerial statement over her government’s links to a Chinese company and its plans for a North Sea wind farm. The first minister had hoped to return to the new parliamentary term buoyed by the success of a five-day trade and diplomatic visit to China. Instead, she returns to angry requests from Labour that ministers make a statement to parliament over any government links to a significant Chinese investor that Ms Sturgeon visited while in China. The row concerns the Scottish government’s decision to “call in” a planning application by Red Rock Power to build a renewable energy sub-station on the site of the former Cockenzie power station in East Lothian. Red Rock Power, a subsidiary of China’s largest state-owned inves tment fund, the State Development and Investment Corporation (SDIC), wants the Cockenzie site because it plans to build the Inch Cape offshore wind farm off the Angus coastline. The sub-station would allow electricity from the turbines to be fed into the national grid.
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