Cooperation in science, technology and innovation is an integral part of China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership. In 1999, only one year following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, China and South Africa inked an agreement on intergovernmental cooperation in science and technology, and established a mechanism of joint commission on science and technology cooperation. Over the past years, China and South Africa have been working to break new ground on the approach of cooperation, consolidate the foundation of cooperation following the principle of the complementary advantages and win-win cooperation. Remarkable achievements have been made, especially in the advanced technology fields and industrial application. The cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI) has become the driving force of a China-South Africa partnership of mutual benefit. It also highlights the high-level, strategic and guiding characteristics of China-S...

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