Xi Jinping calls for stronger international cooperation on technology
Updated 21:58, 24-Sep-2021

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday stressed the importance of international cooperation on technology, vowing to promote it with "an open mind."

President Xi made the remarks when addressing the 2021 Zhongguancun Forum via video link. The forum – with the theme of "intelligence, health and carbon neutrality" – is a five-day discussion on some of the world's most cutting-edge technological achievements.

Innovation is the number one driving force to development, Xi said, while calling for a doubling down on efforts to protect intellectual property.

A coffee-making robot at the main venue of the 2020 Zhongguancun Forum in Beijing, China. /Xinhua

A coffee-making robot at the main venue of the 2020 Zhongguancun Forum in Beijing, China. /Xinhua

Technology to help lift COVID-19 economic backlash

The global economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic faces severe challenges, making it extremely important for the world to strengthen cooperation in technological opening-up and cooperation, Xi said.

Countries should jointly explore ways to solve important global issues through technology and innovation, he added.

The Chinese president also called for the transformation of technological products in nurturing the "new motivation" for economic development.

He specifically noted the idea of "technology for the good" and called for the system of global management in the field to be improved.

Zhongguancun, China's 'Silicon Valley'

Dubbed China's "Silicon Valley," businesses in Zhongguancun – a tech hub in northwestern Beijing – recorded 34 percent year-on-year growth in total revenue in the first five months of 2021, according to official data.

With clusters of universities and research institutes, it is China's first national high-tech industrial development zone, and Xi called for a new round of reform at the high-tech hub.

The Chinese president hopes Zhongguancun can be developed into a world-class hub soon.

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