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China and Israel strengthen innovation cooperation
Source:China Daily    Writer:admin    Released on:2015-10-29    

 

Government officials and business leaders from China and Israel participated in the Country of Honor Forum hosted by Israel on Tuesday,aiming at strengthening Sino-Israeli innovation cooperation.

 

Vice Minister of Science and Technology Li Meng, along with the chief scientist of Israel’s Ministry of Industry Avi Hasson, Israel’s Ambassador to China Matan Vilnai, and Changzhou mayor Fei Gaoyun participated in the forum.

 

The participants exchanged ideas on the three-year action plan signed by both countries in January 2015.

 

The plan was signed by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and Israeli former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman during the 1st meeting of the China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation in Beijing.

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both sent congratulatory messages to the meeting.

 

Li Meng said China and Israel have achieved outstanding results in promoting joint research and development among universities, companies and development institutions. The cooperation has expanded to areas such as venture capital investment and intellectual property rights protection.

China and Israel have launched several cooperation projects in the past few years, including the China Israel Changzhou Innovation Park and the China Israel Innovation Center. The Changzhou Innovation Park is a unique tool intended to help Israeli companies achieve a 'soft landing' and easy entry into the Chinese market. The China Israel Innovation Center will serve as an overarching platform for cooperation on innovation – including professional services regarding IP support tools.

 

“Looking ahead, the cooperation potential between China and Israel is very big,” Li said.

 

Avi Hasson shared Israel’s experiences in becoming a global innovation hub.

 

He said innovation has become a part of Israeli culture to the extent that Israel has become the innovation world leader.

 

He said that startups in Israel are not only looking for technological innovation but hunger for risk taking as well.

 

“We are equally proud of our companies that fail as we are of our companies that succeed.We understand how much risk there is in research and development. We will learn new knowledge from failure,” Hasson said.

 

The Deputy director general of the Department of International Cooperation of the State Intellectual Property Office, Zhang Jing,commented on China’s movement and achievements in intellectual property right (IPR) protection in the past few years.

 

Asa King, the representative of Competent Authorities of Intellectual Property Rights of Israel’s Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, also delivered a speech about Israel’s achievements in cross-border patents protection.

 

The country of honor mechanism was established in 2012. Russia and Finland were the country of honor in 2014 and 2013 respectively.