Xi stresses sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE in He­fei and ZHU LIXIN in Beijing

For the sec­ond time in a week, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has em­pha­sized the important role of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in pow­er­ing China’s devel­op­ment.

Speak­ing at a sym­po­sium on in­ter­net and cy­berspace se­cu­rity on April 19 in Beijing, he called for China to make a break­through in next-gen­er­a­tion in­ter­net tech­nolo­gies.

On Tues­day, at one of the events high­lighted most by Chi­nese me­dia dur­ing his field­study tour of An­hui prov­ince, Xi vis­ited the Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy of China, in He­fei, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal.

He vis­ited the prov­ince from Sun­day to Wed­nes­day.

At the univer­sity’s In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced Tech­nol­ogy, Xi was shown achieve­ments in ar­eas rang­ing from ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to public se­cu­rity, and from drones to al­ter­na­tive energy.

He vis­ited the con­trol cen­ter of the 2,000-kilo­me­ter Bei­jingShang­hai quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­tion main net­work, due to be­come fully op­er­a­tional in the sec­ond half of this year, and the univer­sity’s Lab­o­ra­tory of Physic Sci­ence for Ad­vanced Med­i­cal Ap­pli­ca­tion.

Talk­ing to fac­ulty mem­bers, re­searchers and stu­dents, Xi praised the univer­sity’s re­cent progress in in­no­va­tion and new tech­nolo­gies.

He urged his au­di­ence to show a greater “sense of mis­sion” by ed­u­cat­ing more peo­ple and mak­ing greater achieve­ments in the new fron­tiers of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy.

An econ­omy of China’s size would be un­sus­tain­able if it re­lied en­tirely on im­ports for its new sci­ence and tech­nolo­gies, Xi said.

Zhang Xiao­jun, vice-pres­i­dent of An­hui Huami In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, which has in­vest­ment from Chi­nese mo­bile phone pro­ducer Xiaomi, was one of the high-tech com­pany lead­ers who met with the pres­i­dent.

He said he thinks Xi’s com­ments will greatly en­cour­age tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies like his, and he is more con­fi­dent in serv­ing the Chi­nese econ­omy with smart wear­able gad­gets.

Yao Hongyu, CEO of Bei­jing­based cloud com­put­ing and big data com­pany Yoyo Sys­tems, said he thought the pres­i­dent was say­ing in An­hui that the next 10 years is the best time for China to build up its power in new tech­nolo­gies.

He said the coun­try’s cur­rent sci­en­tific research ca­pa­bil­ity still lags be­hind many de­vel­oped na­tions, and most of the core com­po­nents of China’s in­dus­trial ro­bots are im­ported.

Yao added that it will be “a long and tough jour­ney” for the coun­try to im­prove its ca­pa­bil­ity on core tech­nolo­gies.

He said State-owned com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments should buy do­mes­tic brands to sup­port the devel­op­ment of China’s sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, and the na­tion needs to de­velop core tech­nol­ogy in fields such as cloud com­put­ing and big data.

Con­tact the writer at an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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