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Taiwan, Australia sign science and technology cooperation pact

Taiwan and Australia concluded a science and technology arrangement May 13 in Canberra, reflecting the commitment by each to enhancing partnership and expanding technological cooperation.
 
According to the National Science and Technology Council, the pact was signed by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia Rep. Douglas Yu-tien Hsu and Australian Office Taipei Rep. Robert Ferguson. Representatives from the Australian Department of Industry, Science and Resources and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade attended the event in person, while officials from Taiwan’s NSTC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the AOT witnessed the signing via videoconference.
 
Under the pact, the two sides will focus on cooperation in four areas: information and communication technology manufacturing; semiconductor technology and key technological supply chain resilience; biotechnology; and net zero transition.
 
In his remarks, Hsu said the pact raises the level from that of the MOU concluded in 2012 and reflects the importance attached to further cooperation. He expects the arrangement to make a greater impact on the global community.
 
Echoing Hsu’s remarks, Richard Samuels from the Australian DISR said the pact covers key biological, economic, environmental and social issues and will serve as the cornerstone for further collaboration.
 
According to the NSTC, Australia is the fifth country to form an S&T cooperation agreement with Taiwan in the past four years, following the U.S., Germany, France and Canada. (SFC-E)
 
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