Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will deliver his report at the opening session of the National People’s Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020.
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BEIJING – As tensions simmer with the US, China’s second commander has emphasized the country’s need to build its own talent.
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang addressed reporters on Thursday immediately following a largely symbolic annual parliamentary session.
This year, the so-called Two Sessions officially approved China’s development plan for the next five years – and goals for the year 2035. The document contains seven areas of scientific research that Beijing plans to concentrate on in an effort to build technological self. -confidence. “
Li reiterated his call on the US to cooperate and not interfere with China’s ‘internal’ affairs, focusing most of his comments on how Beijing intended to strengthen its own economy.
After emphasizing the need to support scientists in research and development, Li said: ‘I want to say a few words to young students. No matter what your future career or ambitions are, you need to strengthen your basic knowledge. ‘ This is according to a OilGasJobz translation of his remarks in Mandarin.
This knowledge “goes hand in hand” with innovation, Li said. He also said that China is determined to improve the training of teachers in rural areas, and that migrant children with urban resident permits should be educated.
In addition to developing local talent and investing in research, Li said China needs to work with other countries on technological development.
Less details on changes for foreign affairs
The comments contrast with Li’s emphasis on attracting foreign businesses during last year’s meeting after reporting with reporters.
In a government work report released on March 5 and his remarks to reporters on Thursday, Li reiterated Beijing’s commitment to further open its market to foreign ventures and investments. During the Two Sessions in 2019, Beijing hastened a new foreign investment law and subsequently continued to remove foreign ownership in large parts of the financial industry.
But the tone during this year’s parliamentary session was more muted. Instead, the prime minister’s remarks focused more on the potential of China’s growing economy and the state’s efforts to support more than 1.4 billion people.
Li said the government would expand compensation programs to improve the elderly’s access to health care, while the country’s aging population creates new business opportunities. He added that the government would improve protection for about 200 million “flexible” workers who do not work ordinary hours.
In light of ‘very high’ pressure to secure jobs, China aims to create at least 11 million new urban jobs. The country has set a target of more than 6% GDP growth this year, and aims to increase spending on research and development by at least 7% annually over the next five years.
On Thursday, Li showed a confident tone in China’s ability to find talent to lead that research – emphasizing that anyone in the country can contribute to the national effort to promote innovation.