Xi calls for in­no­va­tion push in Dalian

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment must rely on tal­ent and em­brace tech­nol­ogy

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION | DIGEST - By ZHANG XIAOMIN in Dalian, Liaon­ing, AN BAIJIE in Bei­jing

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping called for the na­tion’s high- tech in­dus­tries to em­brace com­pa­nies with ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies and busi­ness man­age­ment skills in a visit to Dalian, Liaon­ing prov­ince, on Thurs­day.

Dur­ing a tour through the coastal city’s high-tech in­dus­trial zone, Xi was given a demon­stra­tion of high-tech prod­ucts, in­clud­ing a bat­tery­pow­ered ve­hi­cle and a ro­bot that crawls.

He said the high-tech in­dus­trial zone should refuse com­pa­nies who are in­ca­pable of pro­duc­ing ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies.

Not all “veg­eta­bles” — in ref­er­ence to com­pa­nies — be­long in the “bas­ket” of high-tech in­dus­trial zones, Xi said.

The Dalian High- Tech In­dus­trial Zone, cov­er­ing an area of 153 square kilo­me­ters, was es­tab­lished in 1991 and houses about 4,700 com­pa­nies en­gaged in soft­ware and in­for­ma­tion ser­vices de­vel­op­ment.

At one stop at an IT so­lu­tions and ser­vices com­pany, Xi en­cour­aged the work­ers to help ad­vance Chi­nese so­ci­ety through tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion.

The na­tion’s tra­di­tional meth­ods of de­vel­op­ment are no longer sus­tain­able and to­day’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment must rely more on tal­ent, Xi said.

At an­other stop, the pres­i­dent demon­strated a com­pany’s tele­con­fer­enc­ing tech­nol­ogy aimed to help hos­pi­tals across the coun­try eas­ily ex­change in­for­ma­tion and treat­ment ad­vice. Us­ing a high-tech TV screen, Xi spoke with Xu Shuqiang, pres­i­dent of China-Ja­pan Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal in Bei­jing, which is linked with many hos­pi­tals na­tion­wide.

“It’s like adding wings to tigers to im­prove med­i­cal ser­vices through in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. The sys­tem should be used ef­fec­tively to pro­vide bet­ter ser­vices to the peo­ple,” Xi said.

He also vis­ited the Dalian Com­mod­ity Ex­change and en­cour­aged the bourse’s staff to ex­plore meth­ods to de­velop an ex­change for fu­tures trad­ing.

Da l i an Com­modi ty Ex­change, founded in 1993, is one of four fu­tures ex­changes in China and the only fu­tures ex­change in North­east China, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

Dur­ing his visit to a maker of hy­dro­gena­tion re­ac­tors on Wed­nes­day evening, Xi said that work­ers and tech­ni­cians are the trea­sures of an en­ter­prise. He called on man­agers to make greater ef­forts to re­tain tal­ented em­ploy­ees. He said pay scales should climb in step with a com­pany’s in­creas­ing out­put.

Xi also vis­ited Dalian Ship­build­ing In­dus­try Co Ltd as rain fell on Wed­nes­day evening, tak­ing pho­tos with the com­pany’s work­ers. Real­iz­ing that none of the work­ers had um­brel­las, Xi handed his um­brella to an of­fi­cial and stood in the rain to take pho­tos with the work­ers, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported. Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story. Con­tact the writ­ers at zhangx­i­aomin@chi­nadaily. com.cn and an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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