China committed to technological cooperation
China will continue to be open and active in its technological cooperation on the world stage, the Ministry of Science and Technology said on Thursday.
In June, Beijing will host the eighth Clean Energy Ministerial, followed by the fifth BRICS Science and Innovation Ministerial in July, said Ye Dongbai, the ministry's director of international cooperation.
Dialogues on innovation and technology will also be held with Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Israel and other countries this year to facilitate practical cooperation.
"International cooperation in science and technology can increase China's global influence, promote breakthroughs in scientific and industrial bottlenecks, and create a friendly environment to facilitate economic reform," Ye said.
Beijing has established cooperative ties in science and technology with 158 countries and regions, inking 111 intergovernmental agreements, he said.
It has also joined more than 200 intergovernmental organizations dedicated to boosting such cooperation, as well as sending 146 technology diplomats to 71 Chinese embassies and consulates abroad.
China has become a major global research and development player, accounting for 20.4 percent of the world's total R&D spending last year, according to the Industrial Research Institute, a US nonprofit think tank for industrial management and innovation.
Last year, the country broke into the world's top 25 innovative economies, becoming the first middle-income country to do so, according to a report by the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organization, INSEAD Business School and Cornell University.
"China should actively propose new ideas, new initiatives and new plans on the world stage, so that we can play a leading role in facilitating cooperation in global production and equipment manufacturing," Ye said.