Browns famed diary âscheduling problemsâ have now run to the no doubt surprise request that he attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic games. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/04/10/ubbrown110.xml He has also very prudently decided to meet the Dali Lama in front of the Worlds press in the next couple of weeks. These actions are widely seen in China as a calculated insult of grotesque dimensions from the old oppressor. An influential web site which is close to the decision making process in Beijing has mooted the following scenario; that China should meet the SNP and see if, should Scotland become independent, that a major series of economic treaties could be signed. They are aware that the SNPs economic plan leaves much to be desired for a standalone State, however entering into a free trade agreement like New Zealand has this week with China would guarantee Scotlandâs economic stability for the next hundred years. China would move plenty of factories and jobs into Scotland, Chinese money would be available in endless streams to develop wave & wind power should the SNP want to go non Nuclear. China would assist in building real International Airports (on time and on budget)..... Just how far would Alex Salmond go for Independance?