Alex Salmond as the Dalai Lamai is not a comparison you see that often, but for me what is more significant from this report, is his description of both his and Jim Murphy's separate visits to China as being "complementary". The obligatory little barb had to be included of course (and the importance of obtaining a couple of pandas for Edinburgh Zoo shouldn't be underestimated!), but is it an indication that Salmond is slowly moving round to viewing the Westminster government, not as the Great Sassanach Satan, but actually as a potential partner in obtaining the best for Scotland?
If so, would it not be more logical to organise such trips as joint ones in the future?
It should certainly help out with the thorny problem of protocol, if nothing else.