Botan­i­cal group told of green planet am­bi­tions

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liza­tion, with the aim of build­ing a beau­ti­ful coun­try.

It also will make in­ter­na­tional ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion on sci­en­tific re­search of plants to safe­guard Earth, he said.

The IBC, known as the Olympics of botany, is held ev­ery six years and is the world’s top-level aca­demic event in the field. This is the first time the 117-year-old in­ter­na­tional event is be­ing held in a de­vel­op­ing coun­try.

Xi said the IBC plays an im­por­tant role in pro­mot­ing the devel­op­ment of plant sci­ence glob­ally. He called on ex­perts and schol­ars at­tend­ing the congress to in­crease ex­changes and di­a­logue, ad­vo­cate for peo­ple to care for plants and for the fu­ture so as to make pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to green devel­op­ment and the greater pro­tec­tion of bi­o­log­i­cal di­ver­sity.

Premier Li Ke­qiang said in a signed mes­sage to the congress that just hold­ing the IBC in Shen­zhen is im­por­tant to pro­mote in­dus­try ex­changes be­tween China and other coun­tries and to en­hance the level of re­search around the world on plant life.

The Chi­nese govern­ment has made “com­mend­able” ef­forts to pre­serve the en­vi­ron­ment and to build a bet­ter fu­ture, said Peter H. Raven, hon­orary pres­i­dent of the IBC 2017.

GUO LIANGSHUO / FOR CHINA DAILY

Con­tes­tants com­pete in the Siege Master match in the fi­nals of the RoboCom Ado­les­cents Chal­lenge of the World Robot Con­test 2017 in Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince, on Mon­day. The chal­lenge in­cluded more than 1,000 teams and 5,000 peo­ple from across the coun­try.

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