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Friday, December 07, 2018, 11:54
Li urges ethical approach to research
By Hu Yongqi
Friday, December 07, 2018, 11:54 By Hu Yongqi

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang addresses a welcoming banquet hosted by the Singapore Business Federation and the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Singapore, Nov 13, 2018. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

Premier Li Keqiang urged scientists and research institutes to exercise more integrity and professionalism and to achieve excellence. Misconduct, he said, including ethical violations, should be seriously investigated and punished.

Li said more vigorous efforts are necessary to promote technological innovation and high-quality development

Li also encouraged the promotion of a scientific spirit, urged research professionals to concentrate on their studies and called for more opportunities for young people to develop their talents.

The premier made the remarks as he presided over the first plenary meeting of the National Science and Technology Leading Group-revamped in August from the previous National Science, Technology and Education Leading Group-which oversees China's science and technology sector.

The meeting aimed to promote scientific and technological innovation, and to give greater autonomy to research institutes and professionals.

Li said more vigorous efforts are necessary to promote technological innovation and high-quality development, which will usher in a new global tech revolution and accelerate China's economic restructuring.

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He also called for more focus on core technologies, cultivation of new economic drivers and further integration of science and technology with the economy.

Long-term stable support should be provided for basic research, which Li said is the engine of the country's science and technology sector. Enterprises and individuals should be guided to make greater investments in the area and strive for more original achievements, he said.

The market should play a decisive role in promoting innovation, and leading enterprises should lead major sci-tech projects to transform research breakthroughs into real products, Li said.

He urged development of new platforms by next-generation research institutes-industrial internet platforms, for example-to move the economy to mid-level and higher.

The premier also called for strengthened intellectual property rights protection and the construction of a more pleasant environment for fostering innovation. Research institutes and professionals should be given more autonomy, and other incentives should be offered, including more benefits for sharing research, Li said.

The group, which is headed by Li, includes ministerial-level officials from more than 10 State Council departments. It was set up to work on and review national strategies, plans and major policies in science and technology, to decide on crucial sci-tech missions and programs and to coordinate different departments.

Vice-Premier Liu He is the group's deputy head and Wang Zhigang, minister of science and technology, is director of its general office.

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Last year, about 1.76 trillion yuan (US$255 billion) was spent on research and development nationwide, an increase of 12.3 percent year-on-year.

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