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China makes great achievements in science & technology in the past 60 years

2009-09-17 13:07 BJT

Special Report: 60th Anniversary of PRC |

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The People's Republic of China will celebrate its 60th birthday on October the first. The country has made significant achievements in science and technology over the years, particularly since opening up to the rest of the world thirty years ago. The Ministry of Science and Technology lauded these achievements at a press conference this morning.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao labeled the country's scientific and technological innovation as an "improvement pillar" at the opening ceremony of 2009 Summer Davos.

The Ministry of Science and Technology agrees, saying China has raised the benchmark in innovation. Since the founding of the People's Republic, China has become a world leader in science and technology. The sector's 42 million-strong workforce is the biggest in the world and includes nearly 2 million research and development engineers.

Li Xueyong, Vice Minister of Ministry of Science & Technology, said, "The Central Government has made science and technology a strategic priority. The scientists and engineers are carrying heavy responsibilities. We should grasp the precious opportunities of new technological revolution, commit ourselves to innovation during development, and build a country of innovation. We should also try to contribute more to achieve a well-off society, as well as the rejuvenation of the country."