On June 27, 2014, Minister Wan Gang met with Australian delegation led by Australian Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane.
Minister Wan gave a snapshot of the major missions and STI policies of China MOST, reviewed China-Australia S&T cooperation history, and appreciated S&T cooperation and exchange mechanisms and their achievements. Minister Macfarlane introduced The Department of Industry reshuffled under the new Australian government and the S&T industrial adjustment trend of strengthening high-end manufacturing, expressed the focus Australia gave to the S&T exchange and cooperation with China, and stood ready to continue financing Australia- China Science and Research Fund. The two sides exchanged views on the arrangements of the next China-Australia Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation as well as the cooperation potentials in agriculture, medicine, materials, mega science project, intellectual property protection and innovation policy exchange.
Mr. Hu Shihui, Deputy Director-General of the Department of High and New Technology Development and Industrialization, Mr. Yang Zhe, Deputy Director-General of the Department of S&T for Social Development, and Mr. Cai Jianing, counselor of the Department of International Cooperation, attended the meeting.