President Xi Jinping calls for breakthroughs in core technologies

President Xi Jinping underlined the need to mobilize all of the nation’s available resources to make breakthroughs in core technologies in order to overcome obstacles hindering the country’s development and to gain a competitive edge in key fields. Xi made the remarks at a meeting of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform he chaired. He stressed the need to focus on the nation’s strategic demand in the scientific sector, optimize the allocation of resources for technological innovation, enhance the nation’s strategic forces in science and technology and significantly raise the country’s capacity for overcoming difficulties in technological progress. Xi called for giving full play to the role of academicians in the fields of science and technology as well as engineering in order to allow them to increase their importance in promoting the nation’s high-level technological independence and self-reliance.

The meeting adopted a series of documents, including a guideline on improving the system for making breakthroughs in core technologies in key fields, a guideline on deepening reforms of the academician system and a guideline on comprehensively strengthening the conservation of resources. Participants in the meeting called for pooling the resources of the government, the market and society in order to make breakthroughs in core technologies. They said that efforts should also be made to solve the problems in key fields and major projects that matter to the country’s industrial and economic development and national security. Emphasis should be placed on core technologies with early development advantages and cutting-edge technologies that will set the pace for future development, they said. They also called for energizing the market and allowing enterprises to be the key players in technological innovation.

President Xi also called for implementing the new development philosophy, adhering to the conservation of resources and improving efficiency in the consumption of energy, water, food, land, mineral resources and raw materials. He urged efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of the rural healthcare system to ensure that it suits the needs of the countryside and that people in rural areas can enjoy improved access to healthcare services.

Members of the Commission called for efforts to save resources in the fields of energy, industry and transportation, leverage the role of technological innovation to reduce energy consumption, and lower carbon emissions in the field of production, the China Daily reports.