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First session of 13th National People's Congress opened, "large aircraft" written in government work report

Last Updated (Beijing Time):2018-03-05   Source:News Center of COMAC
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The first session of the 13th National People's Congress was opened in the Great Hall of the People on March 5th, 2018. Mr. Xi Jinping and other leaders of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council attended the session. Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council, delivered a government work report. According to the report, over the past five years, innovation-driven development has yielded fruitful outcomes. The contribution of technological advances to economic growth has risen from 52.2 to 57.5 percent. In manned spaceflight, deep-water exploration, quantum communications, large aircraft development, and more, China has seen a stream of major outcomes of innovation.

With respect to "speeding up work to build China into a leader in manufacturing", the government work report pointed out that: we will promote the development of integrated circuits, 5G mobile communications, aircraft engines, new-energy vehicles, and new materials, launch an initiative to shore up weaknesses in major equipment manufacturing, develop industrial Internet of Things platforms, and create Made in China 2025 demonstration zones.

With respect to "improving national innovation systems", the report emphasized that: we will strengthen basic research and application-oriented basic research, launch a number of major science and technology innovation programs, and build top-quality national laboratories; and we will encourage enterprises to head up major science and technology programs, support collaborative innovation by research institutes, universities, and enterprises, and speed up the commercialization and application of innovations.

In addition, the report mentioned that: we will carry out a new round of major technology transformation and upgrading projects; and we will further implement the strategy for military-civilian integration and deepen reform of defense-related science, technology, and industry.

Mr. He Dongfeng, Alternate Member of the Central Committee, Chairman and Secretary of the Party Committee of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), participated the session as a non-voting member. COMAC has two deputies to the National People's Congress, who are: Mr. Wu Guanghui, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Vice President of COMAC and Chief Designer of C919 Program, and Mr. Zhou Xinmin, Vice President of COMAC.

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