By Yuan Yue, Sina English
China will accelerate technological aid and transfer in its cooperation with developing countries, says Chinese President Hu Jintao, when addressing the 12th general academic conference and 23rd general meeting of academicians of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) in Tianjin, north China's port city, on Tuesday, September 18th.
The President says that China aims to become an innovation-oriented country by 2020. To do that, "we have to uphold the Scientific Outlook on Development, give priority to science and technology, implement the strategy of rejuvenating the country through science, education and human resources," he points out, "and in addition, adhere to the principle of making innovations and leapfrog advances in key areas supporting development and thus creating a better future."
Hu emphasizes that China will cooperate more with developing countries in the field of science and technology, on the basis of mutual trust, mutual development, and for the benefit of two peoples.
China will accelerate technological aid and transfer of applicable technology by taking advantage of our own technological accumulation, as well as by adapting to the economic needs and the needs of social development of developing countries. In that way, he says, "we can join hands to solve the key technological problems that are related to economy and social development, and to the improvement of people's livelihood."
The President pledges that China will provide more government scholarships and encourage institutes of higher learning to enroll more students from other developing countries. "We welcome researchers to carry out their research work, and young people to study in China."
"We will gradually add more high-tech projects to the foreign aid portfolio and help other countries build basic research facilities, technology development platforms." Hu added.
The Chinese president also promises that China will support research institutions and enterprises to establish joint R&D centers with their counterparts in developing countries in areas of common interest.