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Li talks up innovation cooperation

CHINA will continue to uphold the concept of win-win cooperation and engage more actively in the global innovation network, Premier Li Keqiang said.

Li made the remarks in a speech via video link at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Pujiang Innovation Forum in Shanghai yesterday.

China will promote international exchanges and cooperation in fields, including technology, talent and projects, and push forward global scientific and technological progress through the joint building of innovation platforms and sharing of results.

Li said that the Chinese government attaches great importance to technological innovation, and has implemented an innovation-driven development strategy, strongly promoted mass entrepreneurship and innovation to push for sustained economic development and continuous improvement of people’s livelihood.

China has achieved significant progress in science and technology, said Li, adding that the country upholds the spirit of opening up and is committed to promoting international scientific and technological cooperation to achieve mutual benefits and win-win results in technological innovation.

Suddenly faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, China strengthened cooperation with the international community, shared scientific research data and information, jointly studied the strategies on prevention, control and treatment, and contributed to the global fight against the pandemic, he said.

“Through hard efforts, China’s economy is expected to achieve positive growth for the full year,” the premier added.

He stressed that China will consistently deepen reforms and expand opening-up, boost reforms aimed at streamlining administrative approvals, delegating power to lower levels and improving regulations and services, and continue to create a market-oriented, law-based and internationalized business environment.

Ana Brnabic, prime minister of Serbia, this year’s Country of Honor, also gave a speech through video link.

Brnabic spoke highly of Serbia-China relations, and said that bilateral cooperation in scientific and technological innovation embodies equality and mutual benefit.

As a comprehensive strategic partner, Serbia is willing to work with China to increase connectivity and promote digital transformation.

The forum, which will continue to run on Friday and from October 27 to 30, has invited more than 160 speakers from over 100 universities, major labs, leading science institutions and think tanks from more than 20 countries and regions.

Among them, nearly half are scientists and scholars, and over 40 percent are overseas guests.

Some of the top medical experts shared their views about the current COVID-19 situation with Shanghai Daily.

Zhang Wenhong, head of Shanghai’s expert team for the treatment of coronavirus patients, said China’s prevention of a second wave of COVID-19 had been successful.

Lu Hongzhou of the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, a designated hospital for coronavirus patient treatment, said there would be no second wave in China. Any big city is capable of having all residents undergo nucleic acid testing within a week, he said.

Chen Erzhen, vice president of Shanghai Ruijin Hospital, said science and technology are key means to advance human progress. “It’s science and technology that help us to raise the success rate of medical treatment in human’s battles against diseases.

“Everybody wants to be healthy, no matter which country or nationality he or she belongs to. We have the same goal and all make our own efforts,” said Chen.

“The health issues should never differ with national boundaries or have bias. They are global things that should be governed by people all over the world.”

According to economist Michele Geraci, a former undersecretary of state at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, innovation in science and technology has made great contributions to the worldwide battle against the coronavirus.

“Science and technology can also play good role with the tracing app to understand how to minimize the risks and how to monitor them,” said Geraci, who believes that technology can always solve health problems.


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