The China Association for Science and Technology served three major purposes. First, it brought individual scientists and administrators together with their professional peers from other work units at conferences, lectures, and joint projects, and it promoted communication across administrative boundaries. Second, it had a major role in the popularization of science
and dissemination of scientific knowledge to the general public. Third, it played a major role in China’s international scientific exchanges and hosted delegations of foreign scientists, sponsored international scientific conferences in China, participated in many joint research projects with foreign associations and scientific bodies, and represented China in many international science societies.