U.S. & China Hold Talks on Civil Space Cooperation

china_flagWASHINGTON, DC (U.S. State Department PR) — Pursuant to their shared goal of advancing civil space cooperation as agreed upon in the Strategic Track of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in June 2015, the Government of the United States of America and the Government of China convened their inaugural Civil Space Dialogue on September 28, 2015, in Beijing, China.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Department of State for the United States and by the China National Space Administration for China. The convening of this first Civil Space Dialogue launches a new initiative to enhance cooperation between the two countries and provide better transparency on a variety of space related issues.

At the inaugural meeting, U.S. and Chinese officials exchanged information on respective space policies. They conducted discussions on further collaboration related to space debris and the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. Both sides also exchanged views on issues related to satellite collision avoidance.

The two sides summarized information on national plans related to space exploration and discussed the next multilateral meeting of the International Space Exploration Forum. The two sides discussed ways to cooperate further on civil Earth observation activities, space sciences, space weather, and civil Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

Both nations confirmed the importance of the Civil Space Dialogue, and reaffirmed that this Dialogue would strengthen cooperative relations between the two countries and advance the space cooperation outcomes of the Strategic Track of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Both sides agreed to hold the second meeting of the Dialogue in Washington, D.C., in 2016.

For further information, please contact Kia Henry at HenryKT@state.gov.