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Sheikh Mohamed (back center L), and Li Yuanchao,
Vice President of China (back center R),
witness the signing of the partnership.

UAE inks space science tie-up with China

ABU DHABI, December 28, 2015

The UAE has signed a memorandum of understanding with the People's Republic of China for collaboration in studies and development in space science, as well as the peaceful exploration of outer space.

The signing came during the visit of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to China. The visit aimed at exploring collaboration opportunities in various sectors.

According to the new MoU, the UAE Space Agency and China National Space Agency will exchange information, studies and scientific data in the field of space exploration and peaceful exploitation. The data exchange will include scientific and research expertise, as well as training, capacity building, lectures, conferences, and other space related domains.

The MoU also covers collaboration in research and development of satellites for scientific, testing, remote sensing, and communications purposes. The collaboration will include services such as launching, follow up, control, as well as developing and controlling ground satellite systems.

The parties agreed to form a joint committee for cooperation in the field of space science. The committee will meet biennially or as required, and will have the authority to form temporary work groups or groups to oversee certain programmes. The agreement also sets the ground for relevant institutions working in the field of space in both countries to sign further agreements concerning collaboration.

Dr Khalifa Al Rumaithi, chairman of the UAE Space Agency, said: "The UAE Space Agency recognizes the importance of international collaboration in the field of peaceful exploitation of outer space, as this field is considered a common heritage for the humankind. It is extremely important in our view for all competent entities in this field to work together for a common goal of enhancing welfare of humanity."

Dr Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, said: "The UAE Space Agency is keen on building on the success of other space programmes in its plans and strategies, which necessitates knowledge and experience transfer into the UAE. China's space programme is considered one of the most prominent programmes worldwide, with a rich record of achievements since it was established. The new MoU will play an important role in developing capacities in both countries in the space sector, and space exploration in particular." – TradeArabia News Service




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