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InnoTech Expo: Greater cross border cooperation emphasized

By Willa Wu

InnoTech Expo: Greater cross border cooperation emphasized
The InnoTech Expo 2016 opens at the Hong Kong C onvention and E xhibition Ce ntre, Wan Chai, on Saturday. It will run until Oct 1. (Roy Liu/China Daily)

HONG KONG – The city is gearing for a greater role in the nation’s science and technology development, China’s deputy science minister said on Saturday.

Li Meng, Vice-minister of Science and Technology, told the opening of the 2016 InnoTech Expo in Hong Kong that the increased cooperation between the SAR and the mainland would include new platforms for joint research and development, intellectual property and technology transfer.

He also noted that high-tech zones and universities on the mainland would be open to higher levels of exchange with Hong Kong universities, institutions and corporations.

Li praised Hong Kong for its active participation in technology exchange with mainland in the past four years. He said 472 Hong Kong researchers have joined 143 national science and technology programs, and 109 Hong Kong institutions took part in 93 national research projects between 2011 and 2015, according to ministry statistics. He added that 16 key national laboratories have established partnerships with laboratories at six universities in Hong Kong.

"The ministry, together with other relevant government authorities, are working to further transform Hong Kong into a city that stands on the first line of science and technology in the world arena," Li said.

The 2016 InnoTech Expo, from Sept 24 to Oct 1, is now underway at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The program serves as a showcase for mainland and Hong Kong science and technology achievements covering fields of spaceflight, aviation, deep sea diving, information technology, health, energy, transportation and innovation.  The expo also will feature lectures by seven leading scientists to hold lectures who will introduce their pioneering breakthroughs.

InnoTech Expo: Greater cross border cooperation emphasized
China's V ice-minister of Science and Technology Li Meng. (SCIO photo)

Tung Chee-hwa, founding chairman of local think tank Our Hong Kong Foundation, which organized the expo, said the expo provides a precious opportunity for Hong Kong people to learn the "unprecedented" technology development of China.

Tung told the opening session that the development of science and technology will have a direct impact on the country's development, and that Hong Kong should not isolate itself from the mainland in technology innovation.

He also called on Hong Kong youth to be bold and grasp opportunities in the field of technology innovation. "I have great hope for the city’s youth and the splendid future is within their reach," Tung said.

Pan Jianwei, chief scientist of the world’s first quantum science satellite Mozi, is one of the invited speakers.

Quantum information technology significantly improves confidential communication, which helps guarantee information safety in national defense, finance and government affairs, Pan said.

He said China has played a leading role in the world's development of quantum information technology, as the country is the first in the world to achieve the secure communication distance surpassing 100 kilometers and successfully sent Mozi to the orbit.

Mozi was sent to a sun-synchronous orbit 600 km above the Earth on Aug 15 from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.

At the same occasion, Jia Limin, one of the pioneers of China’s Railway Intelligent Transportation Systems, introduced the great achievement China has gained since 2008, the year when China started to develop its high-speed railway system.

He noted that China has established the world’s most complete high-speed railway system with the least energy consumption and environment pollution.

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