Year(s)

Name

Actors

Purpose

1983

Protocol on nuclear physics and magnetic fusion

DOE and SSTC

Long-term objective to use fusion as an energy source.

1985, 2000, 2005–2010

Protocol on Cooperation in the Field of Fossil Energy Research and Development (the Fossil Energy protocol)

DOE and Ministry of the Coal Industry (later MOST)

First major bilateral agreement on fossil energy. Now includes five annexes: power systems, clean fuels, oil and gas, energy and environment technologies, and climate science. Protocol is managed by the Permanent Coordinating Group including members of both countries.

1987

Annex III to the Fossil Energy Protocol Cooperation in the Field of Atmospheric Trace Gases

DOE and CAS

Cooperative research program on the possible effects of CO2 on climate change.

1988

Sino-American Conference on energy demand, markets, and policy in Nanjing

LBNL/DOE and SPC/ERI

Informal bilateral conference on energy efficiency that led to an exchange program between ERI and LBNL, and the first assessment of China’s energy conservation published by LBNL in 1989.

1992

U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

U.S. Department of Commerce

Facilitate the development of commercial relations and related economic matters between the U.S. and China. The JCCT’s Environment subgroup supports technology demonstrations, training workshops, trade missions, exhibitions, and conferences to foster environmental and commercial cooperation.

1993

U.S. Commercial Mission to China

U.S. DOE and Commerce

For U.S. companies to promote their electric power technology services in China. Industry representatives identified a potential for $13.5 billion in U.S. electric power exports between 1994–2003 (not including nuclear power), equating to 270,000 high-salary U.S. jobs and an opportunity for introducing cost-effective, environmental sound U.S. technologies into China’s electric power industry.



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