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Sino-Germany Innovation Conference Held in Beijing

Submit Time:21-03-2018 | Source:People's Daily (February 28, 2018, Edition 12) | Zoom In | Zoom Out

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of a China-Germany governmental science and technology cooperation agreement. The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research held the Fifth Sino-Germany Innovation Conference jointly in Beijing from February 27 to 28. The Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang sent a letter of congratulations to the conference. Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology, read it and made a keynote speech. Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, also delivered a keynote speech. More than 300 representatives from all sectors of both countries including the science and technology community, enterprises and governments attended the conference.  

Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology, said that the China-Germany governmental science and technology cooperation agreement is one of the earliest intergovernmental agreements signed by the two countries after the establishment of diplomatic ties. The cooperation in scientific and technological innovation is the pioneer in establishing and developing the relationship between China and Germany. Over the past four decades, both countries have formed a relatively complete intergovernmental scientific and technological innovation cooperation framework. Scientific and technical personnel in both countries have maintained close ties. Broad platform for scientific research cooperation, active mechanism and increasingly close industrial linkage have brought about the rising enthusiasm for regional cooperation.  

Georg Schütte, State Secretary, said that the German government highly values the scientific and technological innovation cooperation with China and hopes to extend the cooperation to other fields such as climate change, environmental change, population aging, life science, Internet of Things, lightweight manufacturing and future cities.  

Representatives from all sectors including the government, industries, universities and research institutes reviewed the cooperation between China and Germany in scientific and technological innovation in the past 40 years, looked into and explored prospects and opportunities for future cooperation together.