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08:36, March 26, 2010

State Councilor urges enhanced scientific cooperation with Russia
Visiting Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong urged China and Russia to step up their cooperation on science and technology on Thursday.

Since the establishment of Sino-Russian relations of strategic cooperation and partnership, the two sides have achieved great progress in scientific and technological cooperation, which has become an important part of bilateral ties, Liu said while touring Kurchatov Institute, a leading Russian scientific research institute.

Bilateral cooperation in science and technology bears great potential and broad prospects, she said, adding that enhanced cooperation in those fields would benefit the advancement of both countries' complementary technological advantages and healthy economic development.

Liu hoped the two countries will make joint efforts to push forward scientific and technological cooperation in a better and faster manner and enrich the Sino-Russian relations of strategic cooperation and partnership.

As one of Russia's leading research institutions, Kurchatov Institute has many strong and solid scientific and research strengths in such fields as nuclear energy, basic physics, nanotechnology, biology and information technology. And over the past few years it has conducted fruitful cooperation with China, Liu noted.

China is ready to further strengthen its cooperation with Russia in areas like the use of nuclear energy, astronautics, environmental science, energy saving and nanotechnology, she said.

She called on both Chinese and Russian scientists to work together for new contributions to the social and economic development of the two countries as well as the technological advancement of all mankind.

Experts with Kurchatov Institute expressed willingness to coordinate more closely with China in high-tech fields and contribute to deepening the Russia-China strategic relations of cooperation and partnership.

Liu, also chairwoman of the Chinese organizing committee for the "Year of Chinese Language," attended its opening ceremony held in the Kremlin on Tuesday evening.

Invited by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov, Liu arrived in Moscow on Sunday afternoon.

Source: Xinhua
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