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The Global Nature of Science, Technology and Innovation —Ambassador Qin Gang’ interview with AAAS Science & Diplomacy Magazine_Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America – China-US Relations — Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America

Ambassador Qin Gang’s interview with  AAAS Science & Diplomacy Magazine was published on Dec 17 , 2021. Ambassador Qin spoke with Kim Montgomery, Director of International Affairs and Science Diplomacy and Executive Editor of Science & Diplomacy, on China’s science diplomacy initiatives.Here is the full text of the interview.

Kim Montgomery (interviewer): Since China and the United States established diplomatic relations in 1979, the U.S.-China Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Technology, renewed every year since, has led to robust collaboration in science and technology. You arrived in Washington, DC as Ambassador at a pivotal time, given the tensions between the countries. What are China’s priorities for the bilateral relationship and what role do you see for science, technology, and innovation?

Ambassador Qin: Since the establishment of diplomatic ties more than forty years ago, China-U.S. relations have made historic progress, despite some twists and turns and the many differences in our social systems, histories, cultures, and approaches to development. We are ready to work with the United States to respect each other, peacefully coexist, and pursue cooperation.

Scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation have played an important role in the development of China-U.S. relations and are still an important part of our bilateral relationship. Even before we officially established diplomatic relations, U.S. President Carter’s science advisor visited China. In 1979, after diplomatic relations were established, Mr. Deng Xiaoping and President Carter signed the China-U.S. Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Technology, the first formal cooperation agreement between the two governments. Over the past forty years, more than thirty protocols and agreements in a wide range of areas including health, climate change, ecological protection, and nuclear safety have been signed under the framework of the Agreement.

When China and the United States work together to address global issues as the ones I just mentioned, and jointly manage the uncertainties of emerging technologies, we can deliver greater benefits to our two peoples and better prepare humanity for an uncertain future. Limitations on that collaboration, including restrictions on Chinese scientists and students, are in the interest of neither side.

Montgomery: You have more than thirty years of diplomatic experience, having served as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Director-General of Protocol, and multiple posts related to European affairs, among other positions. What role has science, technology, and innovation played in your diplomatic career?

Ambassador Qin: Throughout my diplomatic career, exchanges and cooperation in science and technology have been an important part of state-to-state relations, in line with President Xi’s vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind.

When I was posted in the UK, along with learning why the first Industrial Revolution took place there and how the country had produced renowned scientists from Isaac Newton to Michael Faraday, I worked hard to promote scientific and technological cooperation between China and the UK. Under the framework of the UK-China Research and Innovation Partnership Fund (the UK’s Newton Fund), China and the UK have jointly funded more than two hundred Chinese and British research …….

Source: http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/dshd/202112/t20211218_10471456.htm

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