WRI: Priority Fields for International Collaboration

In November 2007, the MOST and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) jointly launched the International Science and Technology Cooperation Program on New and Renewable Energy. The program’s goals are twofold: diversifying the sources of technology imports, and expediting technology transfer processes between China and other countries. The program has identified five priority technologies for international collaboration.

The program has greatly enhanced China’s efforts in international collaboration. Already, China has signed 103 cooperation agreements with 97 countries.ii A significant number of these agreements have a focus on new energy and renewable energy development. The EU, the US and Japan are the top three partners China seeks collaborative opportunities from. In July of 2009, US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu together with Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang announced plans for a joint US-China Clean Energy Research Center.