Beijing Institute of Genome Inaugurated by Yongxiang Lu, CAS President
An inauguration ceremony was held on the morning
of 28 May, officially declaring the establishment of the Beijing Institute
of Genome, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Among those present
at the ceremony were Yongxiang Lu, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee
of the National People's Congress and President of CAS, Zhu Chen, Vice-President
of CAS, and Yiyu Chen, President of the National Natural Science Foundation.
President Yongxiang Lu and Vice-President Zhu Chen gave speeches in warm
congratulation of the official establishment of CAS's Institute of Genome.
30th Anniversary on Scientific
Cooperation between CAS and Max Planck Gesellschaft
A celebration of the 30th anniversary of scientific
cooperation between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft,
Germany, was held on 24 May in Beijing. A delegation visiting China consisting
of over 50 German scientists joined a great number of their Chinese counterparts
in celebration of the 30th anniversary of science and technology cooperation
between China and Germany. Jintao Hu, the Chinese President and Johannes
Rau, President of the German Federal Republic sent their congratulation
In his letter President Jintao Hu said: "Over
the centuries the advancement of science and technology greatly promoted
Mankind's understanding and exploitation of Nature, while strongly enhancing
the exchange and cooperation between nations and civilizations at the
same time. With 30 years of joint efforts between the governments and
scientists of China and Germany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Die
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft have made remarkable achievements in scientific
and technological cooperation, setting an excellent example for international
science and technology cooperation."
President Johannes Rau praised in
his letter that the cooperation between the Chinese Academy of Sciences
and Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft was an excellent example for international
academic cooperation, and pointed out that scientific cooperation is an
important means for improving mutual understanding between countries.
The 21st Century Capital Ring Environmental Protection
Demonstration Base of China is a program jointly sponsored by the Chinese
Academy of Sciences (CAS), Japan Global Afforestation Center and Japan
Toyota Corporation, aimed at afforestation of large areas in the desertized
areas in the Fengning Manchurian Autonomous County, Hebei Province, by
means of science and technology to check the winds and fix the sand, to
control the water and soil losses, and to improve the environment on the
peripherals of Beijing. There have been good achievements since the 1st
Phase of the "Program" was launched three years ago. On 2 April,
a signing ceremony for the 2nd Phase Sino-Japan Cooperation for the "21st
Century Capital Ring Environmental Protection Demonstration Base of China"
was held at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. Present at the occasion
were Erwei Shi, Vice-President of CAS, Enhua Song, Governor of the People's
Government of Hebei Province, Toyota Akio, Senior Managing Director of
Toyota Motor Corporation, Takahashi Nario, Chairman of the Japan Global
Afforestation Center, who delivered speeches at the occasion.
of Wuhan Documentation and Information Center Inaugurated by Yongxiang
Lu, CAS President
Yongxiang Lu, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee
of the National People's Congress and President of the Chinese Academy
of Sciences attended a ceremony on 13 April and cut ribbon for the inauguration
of the new building of CAS Wuhan Documentation and Information Center
and the Hubei Provincial Science Library.
and Humanism Forum
Yongxiang Lu, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee
of the National People's Congress and President of CAS delivered an opening
speech at the China Science and Humanism Forum held on 22 April. In his
speech he said that over the past more than one year since its formation,
the Forum received great support from numerous scientists and humanists
as well as from all circles of the society; that the Forum made valuable
efforts in promoting the communication between science and humanistic
practice, and the combination of the scientific spirit with the humanistic
spirit. The scholars that participated in the activities of the Forum
made their unique contributions to establishing a scientific concept for
development, to finding a way for building a well-off society in all around
way, to exploring a socialist road with Chinese characteristics and to
the development of education and science in the new century.
Bijian Zheng, a renowned theoretician gave a speech
titled The Development Path for China's Peaceful Revitalization. He suggested
that over the past 25 years, we initiated an entirely new strategy suitable
to China's actual conditions and compatible with our times. Practice show
that such a road would adequately represent the historical and international
experience, and would represent the people's will and interests. It is
a demonstration to the world that the peaceful revitalization of China
is a Chinese characteristic of an extremely important significance in
the Chinese style socialism led by the Chinese Communists.
At the end of the speech, he emphasized the role
of the young students and scientists present at the symposium, saying
that in the final analysis, peaceful revitalization is dependent on science.
Science provides the solution for China as a Third World country to getting
rid of poverty, as well as to maintaining world peace. Science and technology
are the driving force for China's peaceful revitalization. The revolution
in science and technology can bring about industrial revolution, the revolution
in industries as well as the society as a whole.
On the afternoon the same day, Zhensheng Li, a member
of CAS and China's renowned geneticist gave a speech titled China's Cereal
Grains: Problems, Causes and Countermeasures.
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