Even as the crackdown on top Chinese tech companies continues, President Xi Jinping has called on the country's scientific and technological workers to continue striving to build China's strength in science and technology.
Xi's remarks come following a visit to an exhibition of China's achievements in scientific and technological innovation during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020) in Beijing.
Xi also noted that China had made significant scientific and technological advances during the period. As China embarks on a new journey to build a modern socialist country in all respects, scientific and technological innovation will play a vital role in promoting the country's overall development, he said.
The Chinese President also called on the scientific and technological workers to develop confidence, seize opportunities, and scale new scientific and technological heights to help accelerate the development of science and technology toward greater self-reliance.
The exhibition features more than 1,500 pieces of equipment and models. Among them are the Chang'e-5 lunar probe, the Mars rover, the quantum computer prototype Jiuzhang, and the deep-sea manned submersible Fendouzhe.
Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, and Han Zheng, who are members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and Vice President Wang Qishan also visited the exhibition.