Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the first meeting of the French-Chinese business council in Beijing, China, January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Ludovic Marin/Pool
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called for efforts to build China into a world leader in science and technology.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said as China strives for prosperity and rejuvenation, it needs to devote great energy to promoting science and technology, endeavoring to be a major world center for science and innovation.
Xi made the statement at the opening of the 19th Meeting of the Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the 14th Meeting of the Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Xi first extended his congratulations to the convention of the meetings.
“Firstly, on behalf of the CPC Central Committee, I would like to extend my warm congratulations to the meetings’ convention, and also my sincere greetings to you and the country’s whole science and technology personnel represented by you,” said Xi.
Xi said the circumstances, challenges and missions are pressing, calling on the country’s science and technology personnel to grasp the main trends, seize opportunities, face problems squarely, and rise to challenges.
Quoting ancient poem lines and Chinese idioms, Xi praised the hard work and achievements made by the academicians.
“‘For my country, I shed my blood that dyed red the autumn leaves on thousands of peaks.’ The academicians of the two academies are the nation’s wealth, the people’s pride, and the nation’s glory. With outstanding academic attainments and broad visions in the field of science, generations of deeply patriotic scientists have been making historic and major contributions to their motherland and people. The numerous milestones in our motherland’s pursuit of science and innovation are filled with efforts and sweat of the academicians. Many of our academicians have lofty ideals to ‘show concern for the world first and enjoy themselves last’. They are the nation’s heroes who ‘accomplish world-changing work, but not known to many’,” said Xi.
Xi said they should aim for the frontiers of science and technology, lead the direction of scientific and technological development, shoulder the heavy responsibilities bestowed by history, and be vanguards in innovation in the new era.
“The direction for socialism with Chinese characteristics for a New Era has been clear-cut. The vessel carrying the Chinese nation to its great rejuvenation is braving the wind and waves. Let’s unite more closely to overcome the difficulties with firm confidence, making brave strides towards the great goal of building China into a world science and technology power,” said Xi.
Members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee attending the meeting were Premier Li Keqiang, Wang Huning, who is a member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, and Vice Premier Han Zheng. — Reuters