China has cooperated through programs in science and technology
with 152 countries and regions, signed inter-governmental sci-tech
cooperation agreements with 96 countries and joined more than 1,000
international sci-tech cooperation organizations. Non-governmental
international cooperation and exchanges have also been increasing.
The China Association for Science and Technology and affiliated
organizations have joined 244 international scientific and
technological organizations; in international scientific and
technological organizations, Chinese researchers hold 293 executive
member-director or higher level posts, 281 leading posts on expert
committees of international organizations; and 253 CAS scientists
hold posts in international scientific organizations. The China
Natural Science Foundation has concluded cooperative agreements and
memoranda with counterpart organizations in 36 countries.
The International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award of
the People's Republic of China is a national science and technology
award established by the State Council. It is granted to foreign
scientists, science and technology engineers and managers, or
organizations that have made important contributions to China's
bilateral or multilateral scientific and technological cooperation.
By the end of 2004, 35 foreign experts had won the award.