The Fourteenth Session of the U.S./P.R.C. Joint Working Group on Cooperation in the Atmospheric Science and Technology

Picture of General Johnson exchanging gifts at CMA hosted dinner banquet

Brief Overview

The Fourteenth Session of the Joint Working Group for the Protocol on U.S./ P.R.C Cooperation in the Field of Atmospheric Science and Technology, hereafter referred to as the 14 th JWG, was held in Beijing, China on July 14 - 16, 2004. The U.S. delegation was led by Brigadier General David L. Johnson, USAF, (Ret.), Assistant Administrator of the National Weather Service. The U.S. delegation included eight individuals from NOAA. The Chinese delegation consisted of 20 individuals from the Chinese Meteorological Administration (CMA) and was led by Dr. QIN Dahe, Administrator of CMA.

At the opening session, Dr. Qin Dahe and Dr. Zheng Guoguang, Deputy Administrator of CMA, warmly welcomed the U.S. delegation and introduced the developments within CMA in the field of the science and technology.

The 14 th JWG began with a review the status of the implementation of the various cooperative activities established by the 13 th JWG session. Most of the cooperative activities resided under one of the following seven working groups:

  1. Climate and Monsoons
  2. Atmosphere Chemistry
  3. Mesoscale Meteorology
  4. Satellite Meteorology
  5. Meteorological Modernization
  6. Training and Participating
  7. Exploratory Research

The 14 th JWG then discussed and reached agreement on new cooperative activities for the next intercessional period of two years.

During their stay in Beijing, the U.S. delegation visited the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), where they received a briefing on CAAC’s Aviation Meteorological Service. The delegation also toured CMA’s Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences and Training Center. The U.S. delegation was accompanied by the Chinese representatives on site visits to two CMA facilities. In Xian they visited the meteorological facility and in Guilin they toured the Doppler Radar site.

On July 16th, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Conrad C. Lautenbacher and CMA Administrator, Qin Dahe signed the Agreement to Amend and Extend the Protocol on Atmospheric Science and Technology. Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs William Brennan, and CMA Deputy Administrator Zheng Guoguang participated in the signing ceremony. On the evening of July 16th, the Vice Admiral’s delegation joined the JWG to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the U.S./ P.R.C Protocol at the Beijing New Century Hotel.

Agenda Overview

July 14, 2004


- Dr. QIN Dahe presents on CMA latest development and future plans
- Mr. YU Jixin gives a general review on behalf of PRC side
- Mr. Robert Masters gives a review on behalf of US side

Discussion on Future Activities:

- Climate and Monsoon (Dr. LUO Yong and Mr. Laver)
- Atmospheric Chemistry (Dr. ZHANG Xiaoye and Dr. WHUNG Pai-Yei)
- Satellite Meteorology (Mr. YANG Jun and Dr. Colton)
- Meso- and Small-scale Meteorology (Ms. WANG Jianjie and Dr. PAN Hua-Lu)
- Training and Participation (Mr. YU and Mr. Masters)
- Meteorological Modernization (Dr. ZHANG Wenjian and Mr. Okulski)
- Exploratory Research (Ms. GUO Yaxi and Dr. WHUNG Pai-Yei)

July 15, 2004


- NWS Future Development Strategies and Concepts (General Johnson)
- U.S. Environmental Satellites Programs and Plans (Dr. Colton for Mr. Withee)
- GEOSS (Admiral Lautenbacher)

July 16, 2004

- Admiral Lautenbacher and Dr. QIN sign the renewal of the Atmospheric S&T Protocol
- Dr. QIN and General Johnson review and sign Summary Report
- Visit to Aviation Meteorological Facility of Hydro Facility

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