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Research hubs to be set up with China

Australian and Chinese scientists and students will work together in six joint research centres that were announced on 12 December.

The collaborations will involve universities and research institutions in both countries, with a focus on research areas such as environmental science; agriculture; biological science; and energy and engineering.

Each government is providing AU$5 million to support the joint ventures.

Chris Evans, the minister for science and research, said the agreement supports the federal government’s plan to ensure young Australians will be well placed to take advantage of deepening engagement with Asia.

“The next generation of Australian leaders will need to be increasingly Asian-literate and these are skills best learnt by experiencing Asia first-hand,” Evans said.