China deal timeline: This is how the scandal has unfolded

In March last year, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon signed a deal with two Chinese companies that could have been worth up to £10bn. But she didn’t tell anyone about it. 

This is unusual. The SNP government usually would put out a press release about the opening of an envelope. But days after the deal was signed, the top news stories on the government website were on changes to dog fouling fines and an update on the Scottish beaver population.

Six months later, on the First Minister's deal fell apart and the SNP government blamed everyone but themselves.

The reputation of Keith Brown, the Cabinet Secretary responsible for this shambles, is in tatters.

This is how the controversy unfolded:

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