first-class standing in specific fields, Yang Wei, former director of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, said during a panel discussion at the 20th annual meeting of the China Association of Science and Technology in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, which opened on Saturday.
During the opening ceremony, Zhou Ji, president of the Chinese Academy of Engin
e, telecommunications, medical equipment and robotics.
"Without a strong ability to innovate, our industries are stuck producing mid-to low-tier products," Wan said. "This is a hurdle that we must overcome if China wants to become an innovative nation and a world-class science and technology powerhouse."
Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang said China is blazing a new development path centered on creating high-quality talent an
d technologies to lead industrial and economic growth.
Wang said the four main challenges for China's scientific and technological innovation are the inability to solve key problems in core technologies; a lack of researc
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