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."
China has adopted a series of plans to help its science and technology sector ride out the global financial crisis.
The Central Government has not wavered amid economic uncertainty. This year it allocated nearly 150 billion yuan in developing science and technology, up more than a quarter from last year.
The vice-minister stressed it was important to balance three key relations. First, relations between science, technology and the economy. Secondly, between current and future situations. And finally, providing temporary relief and long-term stability.
(China.org.cn, CCTV September 18, 2009)