President Xi Jinping praises Hong Kong’s innovation and technological development

Chinese President Xi Jinping talks to academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, researchers and young entrepreneurs based in Hong Kong during an inspection visit to the science park of Hong Kong, accompanied by Hong Kong SAR Director General Carrie Lam in Hong Kong, China, June 30, 2022. /Xinhua
Chinese President Xi Jinping talks to academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, researchers and young entrepreneurs based in Hong Kong during an inspection visit to the science park of Hong Kong, accompanied by Hong Kong SAR Director General Carrie Lam in Hong Kong, China, June 30, 2022. /Xinhua

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.

President Xi made the remarks during an inspection tour of the Hong Kong Science Park, accompanied by Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

Xi spoke 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 inauguration ceremony of the Hong Kong SAR’s sixth term government on July 1.

The Science Park, the largest R&D and business incubation base in Hong Kong, is 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.

President Xi visits the Hong Kong Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases during an inspection tour of Hong Kong Science Park, accompanied by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, in Hong Kong, China, June 30, 2022. /Xinhua

During a visit to the Hong Kong Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in the park, Xi learned about advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and encouraged researchers to make more class-leading achievements. world.

During his talk 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 (GBA). , to strengthen the collaborative development of companies, universities and research institutions and strive to make the GBA a global platform for scientific and technological 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, a venue dedicated to traditional Chinese theater art, in West Kowloon’s cultural district.

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 develop a deep understanding of traditional Chinese fine culture and to inherit and promote the culture.