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[China Education Daily] Learning in Progress Academician Chen Xiaohong: Work Unremittingly for High-level Technological Independence and Self-reliance

2021-06-01 11:16:08

“If science and technology are established, the nation will be established; if science and technology are strong, the country will be strong.” The speech delivered by General Secretary Xi Jinping at the 20thAcademician Conference of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the 15thAcademician Conference of the Chinese Academy of Engineering consolidated our confidence in building a scientific and technological power in the world, accelerate the efforts to achieve high-level technological independence and self-reliance, and charted the way for future breakthrough in scientific and technological innovation. The speech was inspiring and powerful. With the increasing importance of technological innovation, increasing urgency of the efforts to achieve high-level technological independence and self-reliance, and the increasing sense of responsibility and mission on the part of the academicians of the two academies and scientific and technological workers, we must work unremittingly to realize high-level technological independence and self-reliance.

 

Strive to promote technological independence and self-reliance while grasping the general trend of the world

 

General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that technological innovation has become the main battlefield in the international strategic game, and competition around the commanding heights of science and technology is unprecedentedly fierce. We must maintain a strong sense of worry and be fully prepared for thinking and work. It is with such clear understanding, sense of worry and strategic planning we managed to seize the opportunity of global scientific and technological development, strive to be the first in the basic frontier fields, achieve new breakthroughs in original innovation, achieve leapfrog development in important scientific and technological fields, and move scientific and technological strength from quantitative accumulation to qualitative leap and from point breakthroughs to systemic capacity improvement. The historical achievement demonstrates that we must continue to strengthen scientific and technological innovation on the basis of grasping the general trend of the world.

 

In the face of today's world where major changes unseen in a century are accelerating, and the international environment is complicated, we need to accelerate our efforts to achieve high-level technological independence and self-reliance. We must always remember General Secretary Xi Jinping’s remark “we can’t ask for or buy key core technologies”, grasp the general trend of increasing breadth, depth, speed and precision of scientific and technological innovation, follow the new paradigm of developing interdisciplinary integration, adhere to the problem-oriented approach, go to the most urgent and pressing problems, get through the basic theories and technical principles of "stuck neck" technology, solve “stuck neck” problems, break through quickly under urgent circumstances, and seize the commanding heights of science and technology in the world.

 

Bravely undertake the mission of scientific and technological innovation while obeying the call of the motherland

 

At present, we are at the historical meeting point of the "two centenary" goals, and starting the new journey of building a socialist modern country in an all-round way. The new stage of development requires us to nurture new development momentum with scientific and technological innovation, rely on innovation to achieve connotative growth, and promote high-quality development; in implementing the new development concept, we first need to pursue innovation as the foundation of development; high-level self-reliance and independence is key to building a new development pattern. All these highlight the "overall" status and role of scientific and technological innovation. The Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China put forward the core position of persisting in innovation in the overall modernization construction of our country, and taking scientific and technological self-reliance and independence as the strategic support for national development. This is the strategic choice actively made by the Party and the state to address changes under current circumstances.

 

While analyzing the development of China, General Secretary Xi Jinping incisively pointed out that at present and in the future, although China's development is still in an important period of strategic opportunities, new changes will take place in both opportunities and challenges. Most of the opportunities and challenges are unprecedented. On the whole, opportunities outweigh challenges. It is based on this general judgement and the historic achievements made in scientific and technological innovation, General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized that our country's independent innovation career is promising, and that the vast number of scientific and technological workers in our country have a lot to do! He also mobilized scientific and technological workers to build an innovative country and a scientific and technological power in the world, and provide strong scientific and technological support for the realization of the "two centenary" goals. We must proceed without hesitation to obey the call of our motherland and answer the call of mission.

 

To this end, we must follow the requirements of the "Four Faces", play first hand chess well, fight an active battle, make active efforts in terms of the academic leading role of the two academies, the role of key core technology research and the training of innovative talents, create major scientific research achievements, dedicate ourselves to building a scientific and technological power, set an example in lofty social morality, starting from the urgent and long-term needs of the country, condense scientific issues from the actual problems facing economic and social development and national security, march toward the increasing breath and depth of science and technology, make more “from 0 to 1” breakthroughs, provide strong impetus for economic and social transformation and high-quality development, and make greater contributions to the progress of science and technology, the improvement of people's lives and the development of the Chinese nation.

 

Strive to set an example while promoting the spirit of scientists

 

“Scientific achievements are not possible without spiritual support.” Every brilliant achievement of science and technology in China is inseparable from the noble feelings and excellent qualities of scientists who are committed to serving the country and the people. Generation after generation of scientists, with deep patriotism and exquisite academic attainments, have made great contributions to the motherland and the people, condensing the valuable spirit of scientists. General Secretary Xi Jinping expressed the hope that the majority of academicians will set an example for the motherland and serving the people, set an example in pursuing truth and bravely climbing new heights, set an example in adhering to academic ethics and rigorous scholarship, and set an example for the success of others and rewarding students. To promote the spirit of scientists is the call of the new era.

 

To set an example, we must consciously learn from the older generation of scientists, such as Yu Min, Deng Jiaxian, Qian Xueshen, Lin Junde, Cheng Kaijia, Yuan Longping and Wu Mengchao, continue to carry forward the spirit of patriotism that takes the destiny of the country and the nation as its own responsibility, continue to carry forward the spirit of scientists with patriotism as the background, regard the interests of the state and the people as paramount, live up to the expectation “we should do whatever is in the benefit of the state”, write papers for our motherland, incorporate our pursuit of science and technology into the great cause of building a modern socialist country, and live up to the expectations of the Party, the people and the nation.

 

To set an example, we need to focus more on scientific research and specialized areas, dare to be the first, propose new theories, open up new fields, explore new paths, make progress in creative and original research, transform planning, promoting and implementing innovation into conscious actions, take initiative in scientific and technological innovation in the new era, and strive to make glorious achievements worthy of the expectations of the times, the people and the history while scaling new heights in science and technology.


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