Plan pro­motes demon­stra­tion zones

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHENG YINGQI chengy­ingqi@chi­


China will build 10 in­no­va­tion demon­stra­tion zones dur­ing the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), ac­cord­ing to a newly pub­lished devel­op­ment plan.

The State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice held a news con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day, at which Xu Nan­ping, vice-min­is­ter of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, gave a brief in­tro­duc­tion to the Devel­op­ment Plan for China’s In­no­va­tion Demon­stra­tion Zones in re­sponse to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment.

The agenda was formed by all 193 mem­bers of the United Na­tions at a sum­mit in Septem­ber last year, with the goal of end­ing poverty and pro­mot­ing shared eco­nomic pros­per­ity, so­cial devel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion world­wide by 2030. Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping at­tended the UN sum­mit and adopted the agenda on be­half of China.

China re­leased a na­tional plan for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agenda a year later.

“This new devel­op­ment plan on in­no­va­tion demon­stra­tion zones is an em­bod­i­ment of China’s ac­tions to honor its com­mit­ments,” Xu said.

“Build­ing in­no­va­tion demon­stra­tion zones can stim­u­late the vi­tal­ity of in­no­va­tion in so­cial devel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, as well as bring new mo­men­tum to eco­nomic growth and pro­mote the co­or­di­nated devel­op­ment of the econ­omy, so­ci­ety and en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

Xu used the ex­am­ple of straw uti­liza­tion to il­lus­trate the im­por­tance of in­no­va­tion in both eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment.

“We have more than 800 mil­lion tons of straw at our dis­posal, which could ei­ther be new food re­sources or garbage, de­pend­ing on the way we use it. That is where in­no­va­tion demon­stra­tion zones can play an im­por­tant role in con­nect­ing global in­no­va­tion strengths and lo­cal gov­ern­ments to cre­ate sys­tem­atic so­lu­tions,” he said.

Qiu Xiaoqi, Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Mex­ico, wrote in an ar­ti­cle that China has taken the lead in sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, from adopt­ing the UN agenda to re­leas­ing an im­ple­men­ta­tion plan, ear­lier this year.


Dumpling day

In­ter­na­tional stu­dents who are study­ing in He­fei, An­hui prov­ince, make dumplings with lo­cal res­i­dents on Wed­nes­day, which marks

or the Win­ter Sol­stice. For peo­ple in North China, it is a tra­di­tion to eat dumplings on the day, an im­por­tant so­lar term in the Chi­nese lu­nar cal­en­dar.

Xu Nan­ping, vice-min­is­ter of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy

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