Xi Jinping inspects Wuhan, stresses China’s autonomy in science and technology

Chinese President Xi Jinping insisted on firmly keeping the lifeline of science and technology in China’s hands and making the country’s development more independent, self-reliant and safe.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks while inspecting Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, on Tuesday.

Promote high-tech industry

The optoelectronic information industry is a strategic high-tech industry with wide application, and it is also a high-tech industry with the conditions to take the lead in a breakthrough in China, Xi said. watching an exhibition of the innovation achievements of a chip industry company.

He said efforts are needed to master more core technologies with independent intellectual property rights and constantly improve and expand the industrial chain, urging scientific research personnel to make greater contributions to the optoelectronic information industry. from the country.

Noting that high-end manufacturing is an important support for high-quality economic development, Xi stressed that technological research and development should be strengthened to transform and upgrade China’s manufacturing industry.

China is the world’s second-largest economy, but there are still many weak spots and some industries are not yet on a solid foundation, he said, noting that science and technology innovation depends on inputs and talent.

Balancing COVID-19 control and economic growth

During the inspection, Xi also learned about the regular COVID-19 prevention and control work and post-epidemic community governance in Hubei Province.

Wuhan has consistently done a good job in preventing and controlling the virus, and its experience is worth summarizing, he said.

Affirming that the community is the basic unit of an urban governance system, he called on community workers to improve their emergency response and management capacity.

The Chinese government is committed to adopting a philosophy of putting people and life first, adhering to the policy of “external defense against import, internal defense against rebound” and maintaining a dynamic policy. zero COVID, he said.

“Even if there are temporary impacts on the economy, we will not put people’s lives and health at risk, and we must protect the elderly and children in particular,” Xi said.

“If we make an overall assessment, our COVID-19 response measures are the most economical and effective,” he said.

People’s lives and health have been maximally protected, Xi said. “We are confident that we will coordinate epidemic prevention and control with economic and social development to achieve a good level of economic development this year.”