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China's ties in science and technology encompass 158 countries and regions in the world, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The ministry said China has signed a total of 111 intergovernmental agreements on science and technology cooperation. In addition, China has taken part in more than 200 intergovernmental organizations devoted to boosting science and technology cooperation.

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The ministry said a stable intergovernmental cooperation mechanism covering major countries, regions and international organizations has taken shape. This mechanism has contributed to the improvement of China's capability in science and technology cooperation.

Statistics from the ministry also showed that some 70 science and technology offices with a staff of 146 diplomats have been established in Chinese embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions in 47 countries, regions, international organizations and multilateral mechanisms.

China's international push in science and technology follows a larger push at home.

Earlier this month, Premier Li Keqiang pledged better services and policies to bolster innovation in science and technology. Research institutions, universities and people taking the lead in science and technology innovation will be entitled more power in doing their job, said Li.

He said China must fully implement the strategy of innovation-driven development, nurturing new growth engines while accelerating upgrade of traditional sectors so as to maintain growth.

China will advance key projects in cutting-edge technology targeting future needs; improve infrastructure; enhance basic science and technology research and innovation and establish mechanisms to support S&T workers.

Distribution policies must be better implemented to honor and reward innovators, Li said. He said China is willing to offer opportunities for science and technology talent, from home or abroad, to fulfill their ambitions here in China.

Li called for integrated development of scientific achievements in various industries, cooperation between enterprises and science and technology institutions and workers, and better intellectual property rights protection.