Xi emphasizes self-strengthening science technology to higher levels
President Xi Jinping on Friday called for accelerating efforts to make China a leader in science and technology and achieve self-reliance and self-strengthening of science and technology at higher levels.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks at a meeting of the general assemblies of members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Academy. Chinese engineering. (CAE) and the National Congress of the China Science and Technology Association (CAST).
Self-reliance and self-strengthening of science and technology should always be seen as a strategic support for national development, he said.
Xi said scientific and technological development must target the global frontiers of science and technology, serve major economic battlefields, strive to meet the country’s important needs and benefit life and society. people’s health.
Scientists and engineers must closely follow current trends, take initiative, tackle problems head-on and overcome difficulties, he added.
Xi said the meeting was an important opportunity to discuss the country’s plans to promote innovation and the development of science and technology, as China embarked on a new journey to fully build a modern socialist country.
On behalf of the CPC Central Committee, he extended his congratulations to the meeting and greetings to the professionals working in various science and technology positions.
Noting that the CPC has always attached great importance to science and technology, Xi said that scientific and technological innovation has been at the heart of China’s overall development since the 19th CPC National Congress in 2017.
He praised the progress made in scientific and technological innovation, basic research, original innovation, strategic science-technology and high-end industries, as well as the important role of science and technology in control of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Major advances have been made in basic research and original innovation, including quantum information, stem cells, and brain science. The Chang’e-5 probe brought back the country’s first samples taken from the moon. The first Chinese rover on Mars has started to explore the red planet.
China’s high-end industries, including large passenger planes and magnetic levitation trains, have grown rapidly. Industries related to artificial intelligence, digital economy, 5G and electric vehicles are booming.
Science and technology have strongly supported the country’s response to COVID-19. China has successfully isolated the world’s first new strain of coronavirus, and has also developed various drugs and vaccines.
Xi urged Chinese science and technology professionals to shoulder the responsibilities of the times and strive for the self-sufficiency and self-strengthening of science and technology to higher levels.
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Xi called for resolute efforts to achieve breakthroughs in basic technologies in key areas.
Advances in science and technology should tackle the most pressing issues with a focus on meeting the country’s needs, both urgent and long-term, he said.
Xi also called for strengthening the overall efficiency of the national innovation system, calling on national laboratories, national scientific research institutes, high-caliber research universities and large science-technology companies to shoulder their responsibilities. in this dynamic.
Xi stressed the need to advance the reform of the science and technology system to form a basic system of supporting innovation in all its aspects.
The new system of concentrating nationwide efforts and resources on major national science-technology companies should be improved in the context of the socialist market economy, while greater autonomy should be given to institutes of science. research, he said, adding that scientists need to be more empowered to decide their technical paths and how to use research funds.
Xi called for greater participation in global science and technology governance with a focus on issues such as climate change and human health, as well as more joint research and development with researchers. scientists from other countries.
Chinese science and technology should further contribute to building a community with a shared future for humanity, he said.
By building a global talent center, the country should strive to cultivate the best scientific and technological talent with global influence and higher caliber technical and skilled professionals, he said.
Emphasizing the role of the two academies, Xi called on them to solve major original scientific problems and overcome basic technology challenges in key areas that hamper China’s development.
Xi stressed CAST’s duty to closely rally science and technology workers around the Party, urging the association to advance the minds of scientists and promote openness, trust and cooperation with the international scientific community. .
“The members of the two academies are the treasure of the country, the source of the pride of the people and the glory of the nation,” Xi said, calling on them to heed the Party’s call, strive for excellence and hold the academics firmly. ethics and research ethics.
Friday’s event, attended by around 3,000 science and technology professionals and officials, was chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng – all members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee – also attended the meeting.
Li Keqiang said Xi’s speech clearly defined the main tasks to accelerate the building of China’s scientific strength. The spirit of the discourse must be fully implemented.
Chinese scientists were encouraged by Xi’s speech. ACE academician Liu Zhongmin said he expects an innovation boom with more support policies deployed.
“Through self-reliance and self-empowerment, and following the leadership of the Party, our country will achieve tremendous progress in development,” said Wang Guodong, professor at Northeastern University and also an academician of CAE.
“As a great country, China will contribute to the well-being of mankind through its science and technology,” Wang said.