Xi’s Guang­dong trip clar­ion call for re­forms

China Daily (Canada) - - SPORTS -

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s in­spec­tion trip to South China’s Guang­dong prov­ince, which was the trail­blazer for China’s eco­nomic re­form and open­ing-up 40 years ago, sends a strong mes­sage that the lead­er­ship has both the re­solve and courage to con­tinue on this path. How­ever, the in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent from what it was four decades ago, and so are the global ob­sta­cles and do­mes­tic dif­fi­cul­ties China faces in deep­en­ing its eco­nomic re­form and fur­ther open­ing it­self up to the out­side world.

That ex­plains why Pres­i­dent Xi stressed the im­por­tance of China achiev­ing its own in­no­va­tions while vis­it­ing the head­quar­ters of Gree Elec­tric Ap­pli­ances in Zhuhai on Mon­day, say­ing that man­u­fac­tur­ing is the core of the real econ­omy and call­ing on Chi­nese en­ter­prises to ob­tain core tech­nolo­gies through in­no­va­tions of their own.

While it is true that China wel­comes core tech­nolo­gies in­tro­duced from for­eign coun­tries, and co­op­er­a­tion is al­ways nec­es­sary for in­no­va­tions in this glob­al­ized world. The trade fric­tions with China uni­lat­er­ally trig­gered by the United States, and the Don­ald Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s in­creas­ingly hos­tile poli­cies aimed at curb­ing the de­vel­op­ment of this coun­try, have shown how im­por­tant and ur­gent it is for China to make in­de­pen­dent in­no­va­tions.

The coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment over the past four decades has laid a solid foun­da­tion for the fur­ther progress of the coun­try’s in­dus­tries, which have al­ready made a lot of break­throughs in science and tech­nol­ogy in re­cent years.

How­ever, there still re­mains much to be de­sired when it comes to the coun­try’s en­doge­nous in­no­va­tion ca­pac­ity, and there are still many stum­bling blocks that need to be re­moved so en­ter­prises and re­search labs are able to ef­fec­tively con­cen­trate their re­sources on de­vel­op­ing core tech­nolo­gies.

That ex­plains why re­forms can never cease, and why they must be fur­thered as ex­ten­sively as pos­si­ble so that all the bar­ri­ers in the way of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions can be swept away.

In the new round of re­form, an in­sti­tu­tional mech­a­nism needs to be es­tab­lished for ba­sic sci­en­tific re­search and the links be­tween sci­en­tific in­no­va­tions and the de­vel­op­ment of the real econ­omy should be smoothed.

The past 40 years of re­form and open­ing-up have made China pros­per­ous and im­proved the lives of its peo­ple. What Pres­i­dent Xi said in his Guang­dong tour is a clar­ion call for a new round of re­form and open­ing-up to make this coun­try strong and pow­er­ful.

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