President Xi praises Hong Kong’s innovation and technological development
With support from the central government, Hong Kong has leveraged its own advantages to make remarkable achievements in basic research, talent cultivation and development in the innovation and technology industry in recent years, said President Xi Jinping on Thursday.
Xi made the remarks during an inspection tour of the Hong Kong Science Park, accompanied by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) chief executive Carrie Lam.
He had warm exchanges with Hong Kong-based scholars from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, researchers and young entrepreneurs.
The president arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday afternoon to attend a meeting celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland and the inaugural ceremony of the sixth Hong Kong SAR government on July 1.
The Science Park, the largest research and development and business incubation base in Hong Kong, is currently home to more than 1,100 companies and 17,000 innovators.
The Hong Kong SAR government should give full play to the role of technological innovation in supporting and leading economic development, Xi said.
During a visit to the Hong Kong Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in the park, Xi learned about the progress made in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and encouraged researchers to make more achievements of world class.
In talks with scholars, researchers and young representatives of innovative enterprises, Xi called on Hong Kong to better cooperate with mainland cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, strengthen development collaboration of businesses, universities and research institutes, and strive to make the Bay Area a global hub for science and technology innovation.
Xi expressed hope that the tradition of loving the motherland and Hong Kong will continue and more contributions will be made to make China a world leader in science and technology.
Efforts should also be made to pave the way for young people, giving them more room for growth, Xi said.
On Thursday afternoon, Xi’s wife, Peng Liyuan, visited the Xiqu Center in the West Kowloon Cultural District, which is a place for traditional Chinese theater art.
She watched the rehearsals and praised the performances, calling the show a demonstration of the charm of Chinese culture. Peng also encouraged Hong Kong’s younger generation to have a deep understanding of traditional Chinese fine culture and to inherit and promote the culture.