Xi Jinping urges China to go all in on scientific self-reliance after ZTE case exposes hi-tech gaps

Chinese president says innovation is central to the country’s standing on the world stage

By Kinling Lo
28 May, 2018

China will double down to make breakthroughs in core technologies, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday as he urged the country’s top scientists and engineers to build China into a global hi-tech leader.

Xi issued the rallying cry amid continued pressure from Washington over Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” programme, a strategy to advance China up the industrial technology chain.

“The situation is pressing. The challenges are pressing. The mission upon us is pressing,” Xi said in Beijing at the opening of the joint annual conference of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering.

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