|China-Russia-CIS S&T Base|
A Changchun China-Russia-CIS S&T Cooperation Center recently made its official inauguration in Changchun. LIU Yanhua, Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology attended the inauguration ceremony. The establishment of the center, the only of its kind approved by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology for S&T cooperation between China, Russia, and Commonwealth of Independent States, marks a substantive phase for S&T cooperation among these countries.
Under the co-sponsorship of Changchun Municipal S&T Bureau, Changchun High-tech Park, Changchun Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jilin University, and Changchun Polytechnic University, the S&T cooperation center was founded on August 2000. With a planned area of 100,000 m2, the center mainly works on collaborative activities in three key international cutting edge areas: optic-machinery-electronic integration, new materials, and pharmaceuticals. Under the cooperation framework, China has signed 52 cooperation agreements with Russia, from which derived some 30 S&T businesses, with 27 projects in negotiations. S&T projects relating to stem cells, coronary stents, and laser mask processing, have gone into preliminary commercial applications.