On April 28, 2022, Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Zhang Guangjun met with the Spanish Ambassador to China Rafael Dezcallar de Mazarredo by video link.
The two sides exchanged views on the implementation of the consensus reached by the two heads of state during their important visits and phone calls in recent years, and the in-depth development of bilateral relations on science and technology, and proposed suggestions for future cooperation.
Vice Minister Zhang Guangjun noted that the world today faces both development opportunities and unprecedented challenges. To tackle the challenges, countries need to strengthen cooperation and pool efforts, and in the meantime, bolster the role of science and technology. China and Spain are important partners of cooperation in science, technology and innovation. In recent years, the two sides have made significant progress in intergovernmental cooperation on science and technology, with a sound atmosphere for inter-institutional cooperation, and deepened cooperation among researchers. Next year, the two countries will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations. The science and technology authorities of the two countries could strengthen communication to create more highlights of cooperation, launch a series of activities in the field of science and technology, and push for greater achievements in bilateral cooperation.
Ambassador Rafael Dezcallar said that China and Spain have achieved fruitful results in cooperation on science and innovation in recent years. The Embassy of Spain and the Spanish government attach great importance to such cooperation with China, and have therefore decided to set up a new Science and Technology section in the Embassy and appoint a Science and Technology Counsellor. It is hoped that the two sides will continue to expand areas of cooperation and develop action plans to take bilateral cooperation to a higher level.
Director-General Dai Gang and Deputy Director-General Zhao Jing of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Gao Xiang, Director-General of the China Science and Technology Exchange Center, and Li Youping, Deputy Director-General of the Torch High Technology Industry Development Center of the Ministry of Science and Technology, participated in this meeting.