China, Italy to promote sci-tech cooperation

15:34, June 02, 2011      

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Science and Technology Minister Wan Gang talked about the scientific and technological cooperation between China and Italy, during a recent interview with People's Daily.
"Vice-president Xi Jinping will pay an official visit to Italy. His visit will be of great importance for promoting the healthy development of the China-Italy comprehensive strategic partnership and further deepening the exchanges and cooperation of the two countries in fields such as science and technology," he said.

Wan said the long-standing traditional friendship between the two peoples is based on the profound cultural exchanges and long-term cooperation between China and Italy. Since they officially established diplomatic relations in 1970, the two countries have not only further consolidated their bonds but also promoted scientific and technological cooperation.

Over the past four decades, in the areas of science and technology, China and Italy together have achieved a vast number of feats and have entered a favorable stage of mutual benefit and common development. Scientific and technological cooperation has become an important component of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Wan said Italy became one of the first Western countries to sign an intergovernmental scientific and technological cooperation agreement with China in 1978. Since 1979, a total of 13 China-Italy scientific and technological cooperation conferences in Rome and Beijing have been held by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs together, and a number of fruits have been achieved through the two sides' joint construction of key projects in the areas of science and technology.

In the 21st century, the China-Italy scientific and technological cooperation has continued to expand, as Italy became an important scientific and technological cooperation partner for China in the European Union. In the industry of science and technology, China and Italy have enlarged the areas of their cooperation, targeted their interest, placed emphasis on research in basic science and cutting-edge fields as well as supported sustainable development and livelihood improvement.

As of the end of 2010, more than 40 intergovernmental cooperation agreements in the areas of science and technology have been signed by the two countries. Based on these agreements, China and Italy have enhanced the scientific and technological cooperation, greatly boosted the scientific exchanges and cooperation of the institutions of higher education and scientific research as well as enterprises in the two countries.

Wan stated China and Italy both highly value the leading role of technological innovation, and share a strong desire to deepen bilateral cooperation. During Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Italy last October, China signed a three-year action plan to boost economic and trade cooperation with Italy. The plan gives top priority to the construction of a number of inter-governmental technological innovation cooperation platforms such as the China-Italy Design and Innovation Center and China-Italy Technology Transfer Center.

Wan said China and Italy are complementary to each other and enjoy broad prospects for bilateral cooperation in technological development and transfer, commercialization of scientific findings and other areas. China will continue to cooperate with Italy in key fields such as creative design, life sciences, energy conservation and emissions reduction and e-governance.

Wan stressed China-Italy scientific cooperation is a great achievement for China to enhance technological innovation and to make full use of the global scientific resources. Amid the global transformation, China has entered an innovation-driven development stage. In order to address the major challenges facing the human race today and to promote its own scientific development, China should deepen reforms, overcome development obstacles and win development opportunities by further opening up to the outside world.

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