Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong met with foreign scientists winning this year's International Cooperation Award in Science and Technology in Beijing on Friday.
The seven recipients were Jan-Christer Janson from Sweden, Kazuki Okimura from Japan, Evgeny Velikhov from Russia, Peter J. Stang and Walter Ian Lipkin from the United States, Carlo Rubbia from Italy and Joannes E. Frencken from the Netherlands.
Liu presented certificates and thanked them for their contributions.
"The world is facing climate change, grain security, public health and other global challenges and risks that demand cooperation and joint tackling between countries," she said.
Stressing that "science has no borders," Liu urged Chinese and foreign scientists to cooperate more so as to benefit the whole human race.
She vowed that the Chinese government will create more opportunities for cooperation in science and technology, import high-caliber overseas talent and create a better environment for their career development here.
Since 1995, China has given the International Cooperation Award in Science and Technology to 101 foreign scientists and two international organizations.