The Sino-US Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement was signed in 1979, and has been renewed every five years since then, which has promoted the cooperation between the two sides and benefited each other.
A few days ago, US Ambassador to China Burns said in a speech at the Brookings Institution that this agreement is the "cornerstone" of cooperation between the two sides, and he has started discussions with China on whether to extend this agreement.
For those who are biased, China is the only beneficiary of the agreement. However, the fact is that through scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation, China and the United States are mutually beneficial. The Biden administration’s attempt to renegotiate the agreement, instead of simply abolishing it, itself proves that the United States has benefited a lot from the agreement, no matter how paranoid the US Congress is, and those with rational minds do not want to give up cooperation with China in the field of science and technology.
The Biden administration also does not want to undermine the improvement of relations brought about by the meeting between the leaders of the two countries in San Francisco, which has stabilized Sino-US relations to some extent. During the meeting in San Francisco, the leaders of the two countries reached many consensuses, including agreeing to start consultations on renewing the Sino-US Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement.
It is very important for China and the United States to renew the agreement on scientific and technological cooperation, because obviously, because many people in Washington lack a correct understanding of China and are unwilling to look at the development of China objectively, the two sides need the "cornerstone" of cooperation more than ever before. This is not only to ensure that the two countries can continue to promote scientific and technological cooperation, but also to inject more necessary confidence and convince people that the world is still moving in the right direction.
This article is translated from the December 8 editorial of China Journal.
Original title:’ Bedrock’ of Cooperation Being Undermined
Produced by: Editorial Office of China Daily.
Source: China Daily.