C4iSR: Maritime

China, France sign technology co-operation agreements

02 February 2015

China and France have signed agreements to foster collaboration across a range of hi-tech sectors with many linked to defence.

According to official statements on 30 January, the two countries will pursue co-operation programmes in sectors including commercial aerospace, nuclear technologies and satellites.

China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) - the country's primary agency for defence industry development - said the agreements will promote "mutually beneficial co-operation" and drive the "China-France strategic partnership into a new era".

SASTIND said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also urged his visiting counterpart, French prime minister Manuel Valls, to "ease restrictions on export of high technology products to China".

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