ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - US–China Collaboration is Vital to Global Plans for a Healthy Environment and Sustainable Development


June 25, 2021 - Author: Ming Xu, Glen Daigger, Chuanwu Xi, , Jiuhui Qu, Pedro Alvarez, Pratim Biswas, Yongsheng Chen, Dana Dolinoy, Ying Fan, Huaizhu Gao, Jiming Hao, Hong He, Daniel M. Kammen, Maria Carmen Lemos, Fudong Liu, Nancy Love, Yonglong Lu, et al


As leading economic powers, the U.S. and China are well positioned to take a leadership role in this action. By building closer collaborations at both governmental and nongovernmental levels and sustained collaborations on science and technology, the U.S. and China can act together to help achieve the SDGs by utilizing complementary expertise and resources. Moreover, the two countries can champion sustainable development through their global reach in trade, investment, aid, technology diffusion, and programs of talent exchange. (3)

U.S–China collaborations have a long history. Since the 1979 U.S.–China Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Technology, joint collaborations between the countries have created many synergies and facilitated innovation for many key technologies. Such innovations in both technology and policy from the U.S. have been developed and deployed rapidly at scale in China, offering lower production costs, a market at scale, and a strong desire for implementation. (4) This in turn helps adoption of new technologies in the U.S. as well as globally, through demonstrated benefits and low costs as a result of large-scale production and use in China. (5)




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