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Minister Ma Hui Attended INNOCHINAUK 19: China-UK Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation

On July 8, 2019, Minister Ma Hui attended the opening ceremony of INNOCHINAUK 19: China-UK Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation: the Next 40 Years, jointly hosted by Queen Mary University in London and the Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy (CASSSTP), and delivered a speech. Honorary President Fang Xin and President Mu Rongping of the CASSSTP, Ren Fujun, Director-general of National Academy of Innovation Strategy, Lord Clement-Jones, Chairman of Council at Queen Mary University of London, Colin Bailey, President of Queen Mary University of London, Sir Keith Burnett, President of the UK Science Council and former President of the University of Sheffield, David Cardwell, Vice President of the University of Cambridge, and other representatives of the Chinese and British science, technology and education sectors were present.

Minister Ma said that since 1978 the two countries signed the China-UK Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, their cooperation has been deepening with fruitful results, leading to the launch of the China-UK Research and Innovation Partnership Fund in 2014 and the signing of the China-UK Joint Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation (STI) in 2017, which established the framework of China-UK cooperation on STI for the next ten years and laid out three strategic areas of cooperation, namely, basic research, innovation and China-UK global partnership.

“STI cooperation between our two countries is now guided by a top-level strategy, led by government fund, and highlighted by effective platforms and burgeoning new cooperation models”, added Ma.

China attaches great importance to the development of science and technology and regards innovation as the primary driving force for development. It would adhere to open cooperation on innovation and continuously expand the opening up of science and technology. With highly complementary capabilities and converging goals, China and the UK face broad prospects in STI cooperation. China is willing to strengthen mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation on science, technology and innovation with the British side and make greater contribution to the development of their respective countries and solving the major challenges facing mankind.

President Bailey talked about the history of Queen Mary University in London, emphasizing that opportunities and partnerships deeply embedded in the philosophy of Queen Mary University. The University attaches importance to cooperation with China on science, technology, innovation, and education. The school would fully implement Queen Mary’s Strategy 2019 – 2030 unveiled this year and strengthen open cooperation with its Chinese partners.

Lord Jones said that the “Golden Era” of UK-China relations has achieved fruitful results. Both countries support free trade and a rules-based multilateral trading system and actively implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The educational exchanges and cooperation in science, technology and innovation between the two countries are on the rise. China’s investment in the UK continues to increase. Chinese high-tech companies such as Alibaba and Huawei have made important contribution to UK economic development. He said he would be happy to see Huawei play an important role in building 5G networks in the UK. China has made great progress in intellectual property protection and the global innovation index. There have been important achievements in artificial intelligence. The Belt and Road Initiative will provide huge opportunities for the two countries to expand business, technology and innovation cooperation. The British side hoped to further strengthen cooperation with China in the fields of digital economy, data governance and artificial intelligence.

Honorary President Fang Xin said that Britain is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and one of the first major Western countries to recognize New China. In the past 40 years, great achievements have been made in China-UK science, technology and innovation cooperation. She hoped that this forum would play an active role in promoting the research and exchanges of China-UK science and technology policy and cooperation in science, technology and innovation.

During the forum, Jiang Sunan, Minister Counsellor for science and technology of the Chinese Embassy, delivered a speech entitled The Priority Area of China-UK Intergovernmental Cooperation.

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The two-day forum, INNOCHINAUK 19: China-UK Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation: the Next 40 Years, covered topics of opportunities and challenges of China-UK science, technology and innovation cooperation, policy collaboration, innovation platform building, and intellectual property protection. The representatives are from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Science and Technology Association, Tsinghua University, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing University, Qingdao Municipal Government, Department for Business, Energy &Industrial Strategy of Universities UK, UK Science Council, Royal Academy of Engineering, Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh, University of Birmingham and other universities, research institutions, government bodies, and technology companies.

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