AGI – China attaches great importance to scientific and technological innovation, which will be the “first driving force of development” in the country. This was stated by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, in a message delivered on video at the third World Laureates Forum, starting today in Shanghai and which brings together about 140 scientists of international level until November 1.
Xi, quoted by the Xinhua agency, stressed that “China attaches great importance to scientific and technological innovation and insists on considering theinnovation as the first driving force of developmentChina, Xi added, “will implement a more open, inclusive and mutually beneficial international science and technology cooperation strategy,” and is ready to collaborate internationally in research.
Towards technological self-sufficiency
Xi’s words were partly anticipated by statements by the Chinese Minister of Science and Technology, Wang Zhigang, who illustrated China’s medium and long-term objectives approved yesterday by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, at the close of the fifth plenum. which took place in Beijing. China, said the minister, “more than ever it needs technological development“and its” fundamental purpose “is to insist on the development of technology and innovation.” We will not close the door to the world in the race for innovation and we will always keep a global perspective “, said Wang, adding, however, that” we will seek the ‘technological self-sufficiency why we cannot rely overseas for key technologies“
On the other hand, de-coupling – the decoupling of the economies of China and the United States – has been discarded among future strategies. During the post-Plenum press conference, Han Wenxiu, deputy director of the Central Commission for Economic and Financial Affairs of the CCP, defined “unrealistic” a de-coupling which would be an outcome from which neither nation, nor the whole world, could benefit. “To achieve socialist modernization by 2035”, one of the main points of the decisions taken in recent days by the leaders of the CCP, “we need a stable external environment, and it is difficult due to destabilizing factors. Economic globalization is facing setbacks” , the official said.
“The decoupling”, the separation of the economies, “of China and the United States is unrealistic and is not good for China, nor for the United States, nor for the whole world,” the official said. “Openness is an inevitable choice for progress“, he added, both for the internal market and to create opportunities for other countries.” Innovation is the primary driving force. We have faith in reforms and openings and in innovation “, concluded Han.” If we rely on these three priorities, we can achieve our goals by 2035 “.
“Combining development and security”
Finally, in the coming years China will face risks both internally and externally, and will have to combine development and security. “There are international risks and internal risks as well. We face more uncertainties and destabilizing factors,” Ning Jizhe, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, the government’s economic planning agency, said at the post-Plenum press conference. The Beijing official spoke of “unbalanced internal development” and “weaknesses that need to be strengthened”. Taking everything into account “, concluded Ning,” we have included in the recommendations an emphasis on development and security to address all kinds of risks. ”