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WASHINGTON - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will travel to China from May 24th to 28th to highlight the benefit of U.S.-China partnerships and cooperation in the clean energy sector. He will visit with government officials, academia and members of the private sector in both Beijing and Shanghai to learn more about ways in which the two countries can work together on clean energy research and technology development.

"As the world's two top energy consumers, energy producers and greenhouse gas emitters, the United States and China have already begun to look at innovative ways our two countries can benefit from working together and sharing ideas for clean energy technology," said Secretary Chu. "I look forward to strengthening those partnerships, because we can learn from each other and accomplish more working together than working alone."

On March 29, 2010, the Secretary announced the availability of $37.5 million in U.S. funding over the next five years to support the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. The CERC will facilitate joint research and development of clean energy technologies by teams of scientists and engineers from both the U.S. and China, as well as serve as a clearinghouse to help researchers in each country. For additional information on the CERC, read the CERC press release.

The Secretary will depart the U.S. on Monday, May 24th and arrive in Beijing on May 25th. On Thursday, May 27th, he will travel to Shanghai, and return to the U.S. on May 28th.

Additional information about the trip will be released in the coming days.

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