Chinese vice president stresses innovation, scientific literacy

09:46, May 28, 2011      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping addresses the eighth national congress of China Association for Science and Technology in Beijing,capital of China,May 27,2011.(Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Friday called on science and technology workers nationwide to continue to push forward the country's innovation drive while promoting scientific literacy among the public.

Xi made the call while delivering a speech at the eighth national congress held by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).

Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and other top leaders including Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang were present at the meeting.

"China's science and technology capacities experienced historic breakthroughs in the past five years since the seventh congress of the CAST. In these five years, science and technology workers nationwide shouldered heavy responsibilities and made a series of internationally acclaimed achievements," Xi said.

Xi noted that these achievements played a key role in coping with the financial crisis, ensuring the steady and relatively fast development of the country's economy and improving people's livelihoods.

While offering his congratulations on the commencement of the congress, Xi extended greetings to some 58 million science and technology staff nationwide, which Xi called "the path breakers for advanced productivity and the disseminators of advanced culture."

More than 1,300 science and technology representatives were selected to attend the congress based upon their outstanding work.

Hailing the efforts of CAST in boosting the country's independent innovation drive, Xi urged science and technology workers to maintain character and morale in their professions and cultivate more young talents.

In addition, Xi called for more efforts in promoting science among the public in order to raise the overall scientific literacy of Chinese society.

CAST is the country's largest non-governmental organization for science and technology workers. Through some 200 member societies and local branches, the organization serves as a bridge linking the Chinese government and the Party with the country's scientists and engineers.

Source: Xinhua
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