Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday called for further investment in science and technology research sector. He set China the target of becoming a leading innovator by the middle of this century as he addressed a top science conference in Beijing.
To become one of the most innovative countries in four years’ time, a leading innovator by 2030, and a powerhouse in science and technology by 2050—that is Xi’s blueprint for China’s development in the science and technology research sector.
Xi made the remarks at the top science event in China, where the most brilliant brains from across the country had gathered, including top scientists from two Chinese leading think tanks, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
In his speech, Xi called for good judgment on the direction of research breakthroughs in order to become world leaders. He said the Chinese government will further invest in major research fields heavily related to China’s development strategy.
Xi also urged scientists to adapt their research theories to be of benefit to real life, so that they provide people with a better environment, safer food and higher standards in healthcare.
All levels of governments are required to promote reform, and aim to encourage innovation and research in academic institutions and companies.
Xi also stressed the significance of talent, and promised to create a better environment for researchers. He said this would involve fewer limitations, more resources and easier access to research funds.