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Memorandum on EU-China relations in science and technology, with particular attention to satellite navigation cooperation


Science and technology have become, over the years, one of the central issues for bilateral cooperation between China and the European Union (EU). Chinese leaders have always emphasized that enhancing S&T cooperation with developed nations is a crucial factor for sustaining the country's modernisation process. Today, Europe is China's most important source of scientific expertise and advanced technology. EU-China cooperation in S&T is beneficial for both sides: for the EU and its Member States, as it advances Europe's role as a global centre in S&T affairs; for China, as it contributes to its economic growth and overall modernisation. Cooperation between the two sides has, however, evolved over the years, reflecting China's own advances in S&T.