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China, Brazil dance for science & tech cooperation

Editor: Zhang Dan 丨CCTV.com

06-23-2015 17:32 BJT

By Tom McGregor, freelancer based in Beijing

China remains a firm believer in supporting science & technology to create progress for society, the economy and to upgrade people’s livelihoods. We can rest assured that groundbreaking scientists and inventors are transforming the world as we know it, which is making life easier for one and all. Accordingly, Brazil seeks to boost its science & technology sectors by initiating better cooperation with China.

Chinese Science & Technology Minister Wan Gang and his Brazilian counterpart Aldo Rebello met at a China-Brazil tech dialogue summit held in the city of Brasilia last week. Beijing and Sao Paolo have signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) for science & technology cooperation.

More than 100 representatives from government, science and research institutions along with experts and entrepreneurs from both nations were in attendance. Participants had discussed potential cooperation on new energy, agricultural tech., food security, biotech and IT (information technology) projects.

Brazil rising to prominence in science

As Brazil struggles with a downturn of its economy, Sao Paolo is searching for a light to lead its citizens to more wealth. Brazilian scientists have made numerous advances in the fields of agricultural tech and with new energy renewables technology, which could spark a return to growth for the largest economy on the South American continent.

Brazilian scientists have stood at the forefront of providing the so-called universalization of energy, in which 99 percent of all Brazilian residents now have electricity in their households. The electric transmission grid relies mostly on renewables, which include hydropower, solar and wind energy.

Brazil has earned recognition as one of the global leaders of agricultural technology as well. Brazilian agronomists have sharply boosted crop and livestock production, while the nation’s farmers use state-of-the-art, ‘made in Brazil,’ farm machinery and equipment.

China to invest in Brazilian tech

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Brazil last month to move forward on major trade, finance and investment bilateral deals valued at more than $US10 billion. His arrival had come at an opportune time for Chinese companies since Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff had recently announced plans to permit privately-owned companies to invest and build large-scale infrastructure project in the country.

Meanwhile, Chinese tech companies see brighter opportunities to enter the Brazilian market as a gateway to Latin America. China is no longer a low-cost location to operate factories, because local labor wages keep rising and manufacturing costs are increasing almost daily.

Hence, Chinese tech companies are opening more factories in Brazil, a nation that is rich in natural resources where production plants do have more abundant access to raw materials nearby. In the meantime, China and Brazil are setting their eyes on Africa.

Electrifying Africa through shared cooperation

Brazil and China have become pivotal players of the new energy renewables industry, and as such some may conclude that a bitter business rivalry has ensued between the two nations. Nevertheless, Beijing and Sao Paolo are willing to cast aside their competitive differences to work together on deals to bring in more electricity for the sub-Saharan Africa region.

“Brazil and China (have major domestic manufacturing companies) to supply machinery & equipment to develop an electricity network in Africa,” Ronnie Lins, a Brazilian expert on China Studies told ECNS (English-language China News Service). “But, businesspeople from both countries must sit together to find out how they can form partnerships to face off against other (international) rivals.”

Well perhaps education could bridge the gap.

Educating minds on science & technology

China’s top-ranking universities continue to build more world-class research institutes on campus while providing more substantial funding for its departments, particularly in the subject majors of engineering, science and medicine. Chinese schools are also offering more scholarships for foreign-born students. Young aspiring scientists from Brazil should explore the possibility of enrolling at a Chinese university.

By emphasizing science & technology education, China has transformed into an economic superpower. Beijing has encouraged the nation’s scientists and inventors to dedicate their lives to R&D (Research & Development). Apparently, Sao Paolo is hoping to embark on a similar path in efforts for all Brazilian people to bask in greater prosperity.

 

 

 

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