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President Hu pins hope on innovations


08:33, June 12, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses the opening ceremony of the 16th Congress of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the 11th Congress of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) in Beijing, capital of China, June 11, 2012. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said Monday that innovations were key to the country's development, at a conference attended by more than 1,200 esteemed scientists and engineers.

They attended the biennial conference of the country's two top think tanks with research capacities, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), advising the government and industries on key scientific and technological issues.

More innovations would be needed as the country transformed its development pattern, restructured the domestic market and boosted domestic demand, Hu spoke to the conference.

The country's current situation not only brought tough challenges but also provided great opportunities to nationwide scientists and engineers, he said.

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