Public diplomacy

China and Australia to collaborate on activities in space

Australian Government officials met with a high-level delegation from China's national space agency in April 2012. The China National Space Administration spent a morning with representatives from DFAT, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology and the science and innovation and climate change portfolios, to discuss potential areas of bilateral cooperation in space and technology.

Ms Ruth Pearce of the DFAT Public Diplomacy Branch chaired the meeting, whose topics included plans for a high-level China-Australia working group; sharing Earth observations data; and collaborating to investigate satellite manufacturing and satellite launching capabilities.

Australian experts were on hand to answer questions about the Murchison Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Australian Square Kilometre Array pathfinder.

The Chinese delegation's China Electronics Technology Group and the China Centre concerned with satellite data and applications updated the Australians on Chinese space policy and activities.

This very positive meeting resulted in a commitment to explore areas of collaboration, with the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education as the prime Australian Government contact point.

Mr Hu Yafeng of the China National Space Administration showing a model of the Shenzhou space module to Ms Ruth Pearce of DFAT’s Public Diplomacy Branch
Mr Hu Yafeng of the China National Space Administration showing a model of the Shenzhou space module to Ms Ruth Pearce of DFAT's Public Diplomacy Branch.