China Discusses Importance of Biotechnology

"Biotechnology is one of the most promising and dynamic areas of science and technology. Every step forward for biotechnology will have a far-reaching influence on human health, economy, and social development. The Chinese Government is willing to join hands with other countries to promote biotechnology and bio-industry." This was forwarded by the State Councilor of China, Liu Yandong during the opening ceremony of the 2011 International Conference for Bioeconomy (BioEco). The event sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology, P.R. China and Tianjin Municipal People's Government was held in Tianjin, China on June 26-28, 2011.

Liu also stated that biotechnology should be well-applied in agriculture, life and health, disaster prevention and climate change mitigation, environmental protection and other fields. Mr. Percy Misika, FAO Resident Representative in China, appreciated the active promotion of biotechnology by the Chinese government. He noted that biotechnology is playing an important role in meeting the increasing demand for food and energy. With the theme ''Develop Bioeconomy, Improve People's Livelihood'',  the conference attracted more than 150 speakers and 1200 participants from all over the world.

See conference details at or contact Prof. Hongxiang Zhang from the China Biotechnology Information Center at


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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