The provost of Angus has welcomed a gift of 4,000 face masks from the Henan provincial government in China.
Kirriemuir and Dean Conservative Councillor Ronnie Proctor, described the gift as “extremely generous” and said it had “come at just the right time.”
The donation was organised by the Scotland China International Association, which works to introduce Scottish culture, including trade education and sports to different cities in China to promote friendship, exchanges and learning between the two countries.
Mr Proctor said: “This is an extremely generous gift from the people of Henan and on behalf of the people of Angus, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to them, the Scotland China International Association and the British Born Talent Association (BBYTA) who organised this.
“With face masks now mandatory when in shops and on public transport, this gift has come at just the right time and again underlines the important relationship, built up over many years, between Angus and China.”
Ms Wing Sie Ng of the Scotland China International Association, said: “We worked together with UN Scotland and the BBYTA to help organise this gift from the Henan provincial government.
“We hope this kind deed will increase the mutual understanding between the people of Scotland and the Chinese people, and hope that the people of the two countries will have the opportunity to communicate in culture, education, economy, trade and sports.”
In April, the Chinese consul general Ma Qiang offered 30,000 masks from country’s Shandong province, an area which has close ties with the county.
Angus Council has sought to build economic and cultural ties with China for more than two-decades and signed Sister Agreement with Yantai Municipal Government in 1999.
The agreement has seen a number of reciprocal trade missions take place and a historic agreement in 2006 saw a twinning arrangement signed between Glamis Castle and the Great Wall of China.
The masks were delivered by Ms Wing Sie Ng of the Scotland China International Association and Ms Wing Yan Ng of the British Born Talent Association, who brought the masks from Edinburgh.