(HKSAR 25) Xi Jinping praises Hong Kong’s innovation, technology development – Xinhua English.news.cn

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HONG KONG, July 1 (Xinhua) — With the support of the central government, Hong Kong has leveraged its own advantages to achieve remarkable results in basic research, talent cultivation and innovation industry development and technology in recent years, President Xi Jinping said Thursday.

Xi made the remarks during an inspection tour of the Hong Kong Science Park, accompanied by Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

He had warm exchanges with Hong Kong-based academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, researchers and young entrepreneurs.

Xi arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday afternoon to attend a July 1 meeting celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland and the inauguration ceremony of the HKSAR’s sixth term government.

The science park, Hong Kong’s largest research and development and business incubation base, is currently home to more than 1,100 companies and 17,000 innovators.

The HKSAR government should allow technological innovation to play its full role in supporting and guiding economic development, Xi said.

During a visit to the Hong Kong Neurodegenerative Disease Center in the park, Xi learned about advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and encouraged researchers to do more achievements at the global level.

In his talks with academics, researchers and young representatives of innovation enterprises, Xi called on Hong Kong to better cooperate with mainland cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong Greater Bay Area. Macao, to strengthen the development of collaboration between enterprises, universities and research institutions, and to strive to make the Bay Area a global hotspot for scientific and technological innovation.

Xi expressed hope that the tradition of love of motherland and Hong Kong would be continued and more contributions would be made to make China a world leader in science and technology.

Efforts should also be made to pave the way for young people, providing them with more room for growth, Xi added.

On Thursday afternoon, Xi’s wife, Peng Liyuan, visited the Xiqu Center in West Kowloon’s cultural district, which is a place for traditional Chinese theater art.

She attended the rehearsals and praised the performances, calling the show a demonstration of the charm of Chinese culture. Ms. Peng also encouraged Hong Kong’s younger generation to have a deep understanding of fine Chinese traditional culture and to inherit and promote this culture. End

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