On September 22, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) President Bai Chunli delivered a report on China’s science and technology at Harvard University, in the United States. More than 400 faculty and students attended.

Citing detailed data and cases, Bai briefed the audiences on China’s major improvements in research infrastructure since its reform and opening up. He described the country’s progress in quantum communications, particle physics and other frontier disciplines, as well as technological breakthroughs in manned space flight, high-speed rail and mobile communications.

China’s efforts in science and technology innovation have not only guided and bolstered industry, but also fostered influential enterprises like Huawei, Lenovo, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent.

Bai attributed these achievements to China’s national strategy and increasing investment in science and technology field.

Bai said China’s focus is shifting from sporadic technical breakthroughs to overall quality improvement. However, China’s capabilities in science and technology still lag far behind the United States and other developed countries.

Bai highlighted CAS’s unique role in China’s science and technology development. He introduced CAS‘s Pioneer Initiative, a major strategic plan for the academy’s development in the next 15 years. The initiative has set four strategic goals, i.e. leapfrog developments in science and technology, build a national talent pool, maintain a high-level scientific think tank and develop a global science academy.

As a major reform under the Pioneer Initiative, CAS is restructuring its subordinate research institutes, as well as shaping an advanced governance system for modern research institutes.

Bai also extended his warm invitation to Harvard faculty and students, and invited them to come to CAS to visit, work or study.

“China and the US should strengthen high-level cooperation to face common challenges,” Bai said.

“CAS has good collaboration and exchange ties with American universities and research institutes,” Bai also stressed. He voiced the hope that both sides work closely for common prosperity and advances in civilization.

CAS President Bai Chunli delivers a report at Harvard University


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