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Special Envoy for Science and Technology meets the Chinese Cousellor for Science and Technology


0n 20th January 2014, the newly appointed Counsellor for Science and Technology from the Embassy of the People´s Republic of China, FENG Xuan, with Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Prague, YUAN Chao, visited the Special Envoy for Science and Technology of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Petr KAISER. The main aim of the meeting was to follow up with the cooperation that was successfully developed with Feng´s predecessor´s office and to inform the Chinese side about the actual issues concerning international cooperation in research and development.

During the session, several projects of the Czech-Chinese cooperation in R&D were commemorated, for example the Czech Technology Days that were realized at the end of 2011 and that were organized jointly by the diplomatic mission of China and the Czech Embassy in Beijing. Further, the communication between Czech and Chinese scientific centres was mentioned, as well as the mutual agreement about the collaboration in the field of nanotechnologies.

According to Mr Feng, greater involvement in the international cooperation is one of the key challenges of the Chinese Ministry of the Science and Technology. At the same time, he appreciated excellent relations between Chinese and Czech institutions in this field. According to his words, the Czech science and research has a good sound in China. In this context he mentioned for example the interest of the Chinese experts in cooperation with the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Chinese corporation CNR specialized on high-speed trains´ production and its contacts with the Faculty of Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. Moreover, the Joint Sessions on Science and Technology Cooperation Committee take place on regular basis.

One of the proofs of the significance of the Czech-Chinese cooperation in R&D is growing number of the joint scientific projects. In addition, China is one of the priority countries, where bilateral R&D projects are financed from KONTAKT fund, governed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. At the end of the session, both sides declared their commitment to further enhance mutual relations and the necessity to assign sufficient space for the cooperation in R&D.