China open, ac­tive in tech­nol­ogy co­op­er­a­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG ZHIHAO zhangzhi­hao@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

China will con­tinue to be open and ac­tive in its tech­no­log­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion on the world stage, the Min­istry of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy said on Thurs­day.

In June, Bei­jing will host the Eighth Clean En­ergy Min­is­te­rial, fol­lowed by the Fifth BRICS Sci­ence and In­no­va­tion Min­is­te­rial in July, said Ye Dong­bai, the min­istry’s di­rec­tor of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

In ad­di­tion, di­a­logue on in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy will be held with Rus­sia, Ger­many, France, Italy, Israel and other coun­tries this year to fa­cil­i­tate prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion, Ye said.

“In­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy can in­crease China’s global in­flu­ence, pro­mote break­throughs in sci­en­tific and in­dus­trial bot­tle­necks, and cre­ate a friendly en­vi­ron­ment to fa­cil­i­tate eco­nomic re­form,” he said.

Bei­jing has es­tab­lished co­op­er­a­tive ties in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy with 158 coun­tries and re­gions, ink­ing 111 in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ments, he added.

It has also joined more than 200 in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions ded­i­cated to boost­ing such co­op­er­a­tion, as well as send­ing 146 tech­nol­ogy diplo­mats to 71 Chi­nese em­bassies and con­sulates abroad.

China has be­come a ma­jor global re­search and de­vel­op­ment player, ac­count­ing for 20.4 per­cent of the world’s to­tal R&D spend­ing last year, ac­cord­ing to the In­dus­trial Re­search In­sti­tute, a US non­profit think tank for in­dus­trial man­age­ment and in­no­va­tion.

Last year, the coun­try broke into the world’s top-25 in­no­va­tive economies, be­com­ing the first mid­dlein­come coun­try to do so, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the United Na­tions’ World In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Or­ga­ni­za­tion, INSEAD Busi­ness School and Cor­nell Univer­sity.

“China should ac­tively pro­pose new ideas, new ini­tia­tives and new plans on the world stage, so that we can play a lead­ing role in fa­cil­i­tat­ing co­op­er­a­tion in global pro­duc­tion and equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing,” Ye said.

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