On April 12, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong hailed the importance of people-to-people engagement during the second annual U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). The CPE aims to enhance and strengthen ties between the citizens of the United States and China in the areas of science and technology, education, culture, sports, and women’s issues.
Collaboration in science and technology is an important and dynamic area in the bilateral relationship, dating back to the 1979 U.S.-China Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, one of the first bilateral agreements between the United States and China. The challenge for this year’s CPE was to identify ways to strengthen the bilateral science and technology relationship using a people-to-people approach, rather than traditional government-to-government channels.
Young Scientist Forum: This new initiative, announced during the CPE, will seek to connect our brightest young scientists in order to enhance U.S.-China mutual understanding in the field of science and technology. The Forum will explore ways to promote interaction between young U.S. and Chinese researchers using exchange programs and innovative technological platforms to facilitate discussions on topics of common interest regarding building careers and partnerships in science and the conduct of science, including research integrity, scientific responsibility, and peer-review processes.
Science and Technology in Society: The United States and China also share an interest in enhancing public understanding of the role of science in society to help create the needed support and appreciation for the contributions of scientists to societal advancement. Over the next year, the two sides will investigate innovative programs to enhance interactions of science journalists, museum professionals, and educators with the aim of boosting public understanding of scientific issues in both countries.