President Hu stresses significance of sci-tech innovation in global competition

08:10, March 16, 2011      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (C, front), who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits a national exhibition of major scientific and technological achievements in Beijing, capital of China, March 14, 2011. The exhibition features the major scientific and technological successes made in the country's eleventh Five-Year Plan. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday urged Chinese scientists to vigorously enhance the nation's capacity for scientific and technological innovation so as to seize the initiative in global competition.

Hu made the remarks during a visit here to an exhibition showcasing China's major scientific and technological achievements in the past five years, or the period of the 11th Five-Year Program (2006-2010).

Hu said that "enhancing the country's sci-tech innovative capacity is the key to accomplishing the tasks of the 12th Five-Year program and taking the initiative in global competition."

Hu asked scientists to strengthen scientific research in fundamental, cutting-edge and generic technologies and combine scientific and technological innovation with national economic and social development so as to offer science and technology support for China's building of an innovative country and adjustment to its economic growth mode.

At the exhibition, Hu viewed many top innovations including the world's fastest supercomputer "Tianhe-1A ," and the re-entry capsule of "Shenzhou VII" spacecraft, from which Chinese taikonauts carried out the first space walk in 2008.

Top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao, and state and Party leaders Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang also visited the exhibition on the same day.

Source: Xinhua
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