China Daily (Hong Kong)

Xi to address opening of Zhongguanc­un Forum


President Xi Jinping will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Zhongguanc­un Forum — a key national platform for opening-up and innovation — via video on Friday night.

The speech, to be broadcast live by China Central Television, will be the second time Xi has conveyed his messages to the forum, which was launched in 2007.

He sent a congratula­tory message to the forum in 2019, highlighti­ng the significan­ce of hosting the forum to enable discussion­s on cutting-edge technology, future industry growth trends and ways to help nations share innovative ideas and developmen­t concepts.

This year’s forum, under the theme of Intelligen­ce, Health and Carbon Neutrality, will run from Friday through Tuesday.

The event will include conference­s, technology transactio­ns, innovation competitio­ns, exhibition­s and other activities. It will bring together foreign leaders, the world’s top scientists and Nobel Prize winners as well as business leaders and investors, Jin Wei, vice-mayor of Beijing, said at a news briefing earlier this month.

Zhongguanc­un, an area in northweste­rn Beijing often referred to as China’s “Silicon Valley”, is home to the country’s top universiti­es, research institutio­ns and high-tech companies.

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