President Xi Jinping on Monday called for efforts to develop China into a world leader in science and technology.
Xi said as China strives for prosperity and rejuvenation, it needs to devote great energy to promoting science and technology, and endeavor to be a major world center for science and innovation.
Xi made the statement at the opening of the 19th Meeting of the Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the 14th Meeting of the Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).
Xi said the circumstances, challenges and missions are pressing. He called on the country’s science and technology personnel to grasp the main trends, seize opportunities, face problems squarely, and rise to challenges.
Xi noted that since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, China has been adhering to the Party’s leadership over the cause of science and technology, striving toward the goal of developing China into a science and technology power, sticking to the path of innovation with Chinese characteristics, inspiring creativity and vitality through deepened reform, stressing the key role of talents in innovation-driven development, and integrating itself into a global network of innovation.
A new round of scientific, technological, and industrial revolutions are reshaping the world domain of innovation and global economic structure. The impact of science and technology on a country’s future and the people’s well-being has never been so profound as today, he said.
Calling innovation the primary driving force of development, Xi said efforts must be made to ensure “high-quality science and technology” to underpin the development of a modernized economy.
Xi required the integration of the Internet, big data, and artificial intelligence into the real economy, advancement of the fundamental transformation of the industrial pattern and enterprise forms in manufacturing and driving of Chinese industries up to the medium-high end of the global value chain.
Xi called for unwaveringly carrying out independent innovation, having firm confidence and enhancing capabilities in this regard.
Noting that independent innovation is the only path for China to climb high in global science and technology, Xi urged courageous moves to reach for the “commanding heights” in scientific and technological competition and future development.
Xi called for courage to explore uncharted courses and realize the goal that key and core technologies are self-developed and controllable.
Also, Xi demanded greater efforts to research and plan for scientific issues that are of fundamental significance and overall importance.
Xi urged overall reform of the scientific and technological system, to improve innovation efficiency and inspire innovation vitality.
Xi called on Chinese scientists to be deeply involved in the global governance in science and technology, offer Chinese wisdom, and make greater efforts to promote the building of a community with a shared future for humanity.
Efforts should be made to deepen international exchanges and cooperation, make use of global innovation resources, and establish partnerships featuring win-win cooperation to deal with common challenges concerning future development, food and energy security, health and climate change, Xi noted.
Xi encouraged integration into the global innovation network and enhancement of the opening up of the country’s scientific and technological plans, saying Chinese scientists are encouraged to actively participate in and lead international science plans and projects, and initiate and organize international scientific cooperative programs.
Xi called for efforts to create a good environment for innovation, and mechanisms to foster talent and let everybody display their talent.
The CAS and CAE should continue to play their role as the State strategic scientific and technological force and work with all in the field in the country to push for strides in development and scale new heights in science, Xi said.
Xi urged the academicians to do forward-looking, targeted, and strategic research.
He stressed the role of youth in the future of the country and innovation. “Numerous children in China dream of becoming a scientist. We should make science an appealing career for the young,” Xi said.