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Minister Wan Gang Attends 8th China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue

On June 6 to 7, 2016, the 8th Round of China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) was held in Beijing, China.

On June 6, at the session of economic dialogue co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and the U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang made a speech on the promotion of economic development through advancing science and technology cooperation. The Minister introduced the role of China’s innovation strategy and China-U.S. cooperation in boosting S&T innovation amid economic and social development, reporting the results of the 7th China-U.S. Innovation Dialogue and the consensus regarding innovation policy. Cooperation in S&T innovation is the stepping-stone and bridge for trade cooperation between the two sides, Minister Wan said. Through exchange and cooperation in S&T innovation, the two sides can pull their wisdom and gather momentum from all sectors so as to realize mutual benefit and win-win outcomes for both countries.

On June 7, at large scale meeting of Strategic dialogue co-chaired by Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Minister Wan made a speech on strengthening cooperation in S&T innovation to boost bilateral ties. The two countries renewed China-U.S. Agreement on S&T Cooperation to cement the foundation of bilateral S&T cooperation and further inherit the tradition of S&T cooperation between the two countries, the Minister said. By enhancing thorough cooperation in key areas of agriculture, environment, hygiene and energy, the two countries can open and share their resources of innovation, foster young scientists and entrepreneurs, and explore the best practices of innovation as well as innovation principles for both countries.

Minister Wan also attended the Joint Opening Ceremony and Joint Welcoming Dinner of the Seventh-Round China-U.S. High-level Consultation on People-to-people Exchange as well as the 8th China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue co-chaired by special envoys of both heads of governments.