China’s re­cent achieve­ments on dis­play

Nearly 480,000 have seen dis­play on na­tion’s re­cent achieve­ments

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A group of for­eign diplo­mats and for­eign ex­perts work­ing in China visit an ex­hi­bi­tion in Bei­jing on Fri­day show­cas­ing China’s achieve­ments over the past five years.

Tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions such as mod­els of China’s manned sub­mersible Jiao­long, bul­let trains and in­ter­ac­tive ro­bots im­pressed for­eign diplo­mats and ex­perts work­ing in Bei­jing who toured an ex­hi­bi­tion in the Chi­nese cap­i­tal on Fri­day.

“Judg­ing from what has been done in the past five years, we can al­ready say that the next five years are go­ing to be even more suc­cess­ful,” Rwan­dan Am­bas­sador to China Charles Kay­onga told China Daily.

The guests were in­vited to Bei­jing Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall to have a closer look at China’s re­cent achieve­ments.

As of Fri­day, the ex­hi­bi­tion, Five Years of Sheer En­deavor, had racked up a to­tal of nearly 480,000 vis­i­tors since it opened on Sept 25.

Many res­i­dents have lined up for tick­ets to the dis­play, which in­cludes mod­els of China’s cut­ting-edge ma­chin­ery and equip­ment that are rarely put on dis­play.

It em­ploys vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy as well as panoramic slideshows to en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“China is now be­com­ing a coun­try that’s more of an in­no­va­tor rather a coun­try that re­lies on the tech­nol­ogy of other na­tions, so that is a very good sign,” said Ed­win Ma­her, a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor of jour­nal­ism stud­ies at the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Uni­ver­sity of China.

“It has been made very clear that China is very much lead- ing in many, many sec­tors of world tech­nolo­gies and science,” said Ma­her, who has been in China for 14 years and was once a news an­chor on China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion’s English Chan­nel.

Around a decade ago, Ma­her was awarded the Friend­ship Award, the high­est honor that a for­eign ex­pert or out­stand­ing achiever can re­ceive from the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment.

“The huge tele­scope that’s been opened and the con­tin­u­ing de­vel­op­ment of the high­speed train sys­tem are also some things I am very in­ter­ested in,” he added as he toured the dis­plays.

Ma­her said that over the past year and a half, mea­sures taken to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment have re­ally been felt in China, es­pe­cially in Bei­jing.

Science and tech­nol­ogy were only a small part of the ex­hi­bi­tion, which fea­tures 10 themed zones, in­clud­ing eco­nomic progress, po­lit­i­cal re­form, cul­tural de­vel­op­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, Party dis­ci­pline, diplo­macy and mil­i­tary re­form.

Uzbek Am­bas­sador to China Bakhtiyor Saidov said that China has hosted of a range of ma­jor in­ter­na­tional events.

“China’s diplo­macy has made re­mark­able progress,” he said.

Judg­ing from what has been done in the past five years, we can al­ready say that the next five years are go­ing to be even more suc­cess­ful.” Charles Kay­onga, Rwanda’s am­bas­sador to China

ZOU HONG / CHINA DAILY

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