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Special Issue: Latest Progress in International Science and Technology Cooperation
2nd China-Thailand Joint Committee Meeting on S&T Cooperation Held in Chiang Mai
Working Group Meetings of China-Brazil High-level Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation and China-CELAC Scientific and Technological Innovation Forum Held in Brazil and Ecuador Respectively
l China-ASEAN Cooperation
On March 3, the 2nd China-Thailand Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on S&T Cooperation was held in
On the day before the meeting, relevant departments of the two countries held six working group meetings on
Vice Minister Cao said that since October 2013 when the two ministries signed the cooperation agreement and established the joint committee, the two sides have made remarkable progress. The preparatory office for the
Vice Minister Cao emphasized that expanding China-Thailand STI cooperation has important significance on promoting the economic and social development, progress of democracy, and friendly ties between the two countries. He hoped the two sides could implement annual work plans through close coordination in a pragmatic and efficient way and further enhance relevant mechanisms so as to give full scope to the role of the joint committee and its working groups and ensure concrete results.
Permanent Secretary Weerapong Pairsuwan said that the Thai Ministry of Science and Technology attaches great importance to the cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and will continue to support relevant projects for greater achievements of bilateral cooperation.
(Source: Ministry of Science and Technology, March 24, 2015)
2nd Working Group Meeting of China-Thailand TYSP Held in Chiang Mai
The 2nd Working Group Meeting of China-Thailand Talented Young Scientists Visiting Program (TYSP) was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on March 3, 2015. In line with the requirements of the joint committee, China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) and Thailand National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI), implementing agencies of China-Thailand TYSP, held the 2nd working group meeting on March 2, 2015.
At the meeting, the working group reviewed the achievements of 2014 and recognized the progress in mechanism building and arrangements for five young Thai scientists who worked and studied in
After the meeting, the working group submitted a report to the 2nd China-Thailand Joint Committee Meeting on S&T Cooperation, and the report was annexed to the minutes of the JCM. In 2015, the working group will implement the action plan adopted at this meeting through closer communication to contribute to strengthened ties and friendship between the two countries.
(Source: Ministry of Science and Technology, March 30, 2015)
l China-Europe Cooperation
On June 29, 2015, the 2nd China-EU Innovation Cooperation Dialogue was held in
At the dialogue, both sides shared information on Chinese and European STI policies and strategies, exchanged opinions on SCI cooperation, listened to a report submitted by the expert group on the framework and good practices of China-Europe cooperation in innovation, and had discussion on facilitating future collaboration.
Both sides reaffirmed research and innovation as a driver of economic and social progress and an important component of China-EU relations. With highly compatible innovation strategies, both sides believed that open innovation is a trend in today's world, and
As a deliverable of the Innovation dialogue, both sides issued a joint statement and, under the witness of Premier Li Keqiang and President Jean-Claude Juncker, signed three agreements, including The Renewed Agreement on S&T Cooperation between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the European Community, The Implementation Agreement on Accepting Chinese Researchers under European Research Council Funding between the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the European Commission, and The Letter of Intent between the Chinese Academy of Sciences-Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.
(Source: Ministry of Science and Technology, July 6, 2015)
On March 18, the Nordic-China Innovation Cooperation Forum & Nordic Science Park Launch Ceremony took place in
During the Nordic-China Innovation Cooperation Forum, Yang Yuecheng, Deputy Director General of the
The senior diplomatic representatives of
At the forum, representatives of S&T authorities, technology-based firms and organizations delivered keynote speeches, contributing ideas and suggestions to promoting China-Nordic cooperation in innovation based on introduction and digestion of advanced technologies, and accelerating
During the forum, leaders and guests witnessed the official launch of the
(Source: Ministry of Science and Technology, March 27, 2015)
l China-U.S. Cooperation
On June 22, 2015, the Sixth Round of China-U.S. Innovation Dialogue was held in
In his address, Minister Wan Gang said that the Chinese government is implementing the innovation-driven development strategy by putting S&T innovation at the core of China's overall development strategy and has introduced a series of reform measures including 1) promoting translation of research findings and fostering an enabling environment for innovation; 2) optimizing S&T resource allocation for economic development; and 3) increasing policy support for mass entrepreneurship and mass innovation. He said that in today's globalized world, no country can address S&T innovation issues without international cooperation and
Dr. John Holdren introduced that the U.S. government will release its new innovation strategy at the end of this year, including 1) increasing investment in innovation factors, emphasizing basic research, S&T engineering and mathematical education and development of S&T talent and infrastructures; 2) emphasizing market-based innovation, encouraging innovation in the private sector, and accelerating industrialization of R&D achievements; and 3) promoting technology breakthroughs in priority areas, including precision medicine, advanced manufacturing and smart city. He said that the
The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on a number of issues including S&T innovation policy and strategy, inter-firm cooperation on R&D, fostering of innovation ecosystem, innovation-enabling public policy, technology transfer and licensing, intellectual property protection, emerging technologies and standards, and entrepreneurial talent development. The U.S. side advocates 1) encouraging innovation by formulating and implementing tax incentives and increasing the income of R&D personnel; 2) establishing the connection between intellectual property protection and innovation and increasing tolerance of innovation failures to lower the risk of innovation and entrepreneurship; 3) improving the quality of patents to promote their conversion and strengthening law enforcement on patent infringement; and 4) jointly formulating uniform technical standards to promote innovation in standards. The Chinese side advocates 1) establishing an enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship and implementing relevant incentive policies to promote mass entrepreneurship and mass innovation; 2) recognizing intellectual properties as the foundation of S&T innovation, balancing the interests among innovators, rights owners and the public while protecting intellectual properties, and avoiding IP infringement; 3) maintaining innovation momentum through competition and striving for mutual benefits through cooperation; and 4) recognizing that standards are the technological basis of industrial development, that regulations are the foundation to ensure reasonable allocation of market resources and fair and orderly market competition, and that innovation is a key driver of economic growth.
Through this round of innovation dialogue, the two sides reached important agreement on high-tech company accreditation, intellectual property rights and smart city/urban intelligent infrastructure. The deliverables were submitted to the Seventh China-U.S. Strategic & Economic Dialogue.
(Source: Ministry of Science and Technology, July 8, 2015)
Working Groups Meet for China-Brazil High-level SCI Dialogue and and China-CELAC SCI Forum
MOST sent a working group to
(Source: Ministry of Science and Technology, April 15, 2015)
On March 18, 2015, the 2nd BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial Meeting was held in
At the meeting, delegates listened to country reports on SCI activities and cooperation and discussed the 2015-2018 BRICS S&T innovation work plan and the proposal to establish a Young Scientist Forum. At the end of the meeting, The Brasília Declaration was issued, in which BRICS members reaffirmed the central role of SCI in promoting inclusive economic growth and addressing environmental challenges. The modalities of cooperation include sharing information on SCI policies and strategies and launching long-term problem-oriented cooperation programs. It was also agreed that the next ministerial meeting would be held in
During his stay in
The BRICS is an important cooperation mechanism of emerging countries. Recent years have seen the deepening of cooperation among BRICS member countries, which have formed multi-tiered cooperation mechanisms in different fields spearheaded by leaders' summits and supplemented by high-level meetings of relevant ministries.
According to The Sanya Declaration released after the third meeting of BRICS leaders in 2011, MOST convened the first BRICS Senior Official Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation in China, followed by its second, third and fourth sessions in India (2012), South Africa (2013) and Brazil (2014). These meetings have determined 19 priority areas of cooperation, including sharing of policy and project information, promotion of innovation and technology transfer, new energy and renewable energy, energy efficiency, medicine and biotechnology, high-tech zones/science parks and incubators, geospatial technology, aerospace, space exploration, astronomy and earth observation, and food security and sustainable agriculture. The first BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial Meeting was held in
(Source: Ministry of Science and Technology, April 9, 2015)