Chinese state councilor meets senior U.S. officials on educational, scientific cooperation

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong met two senior U.S. officials here Monday to promote bilateral cooperation in educational and scientific fields.


Liu met Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology John Holdren.

Liu, who is visiting the United States on April 10-16, said her trip was aimed at materializing the consensus reached between the Chinese and U.S. presidents in January.

She would co-chair with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the second meeting of the China-U.S. high-level consultation mechanism for people-to-people and cultural exchanges, to boost mutual understanding and trust between the two peoples, she said.

Educational and scientific communication and cooperation were an important component of Sino-U.S. people-to-people and cultural exchanges, she said.

Chinese and U.S. educational circles should learn from each other and explore new ways and means to further expand bilateral cooperation in student and scholar exchanges, teacher training, teaching and researching, and language teaching, and to actively communicate on educational reforms, Liu said.

The renewal in January of the Sino-U.S. Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Technology had injected new vitality to the deepening of bilateral cooperation in this field, the state councilor said.

China hoped the science and technology circles in both countries took the opportunity of the agreement's renewal to innovate on cooperation mechanisms and continue to strengthen cooperation in agriculture, health, energy, environment, fishing and technological innovation, she said.

China also hoped the United States would ease its restrictions on high-tech product exports to China as soon as possible to create better conditions for boosting bilateral scientific and technological cooperation and resolving the trade imbalance, she said.

The U.S. officials said the two countries had conducted effective cooperation in education and science and technology, adding the consultation mechanism for people-to-people and cultural exchanges provided a new platform for the further expansion of bilateral cooperation.

The United States was willing to work with China to adopt practical measures to lift bilateral communication and cooperation in education and science to a new level, which would benefit the two peoples, they said.

Also on Monday, the Chinese state councilor exchanged views on bilateral relations with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former U.S. National Security Advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and General Brent Scowcroft, and other U.S. figures.

The high-level consultation mechanism was established in November 2009.


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