On November 25, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Liu Yandong attended the China-Germany Forum for Higher Education, Science and Innovation hosted by the Free University of Berlin and delivered a speech.
Liu Yandong stated that since China and Germany established diplomatic relations 44 years ago, through joint efforts, both countries have established an all-round strategic partnership and achieved increasingly closer cooperation in areas such as education, science and technology, which have provided strong support to the development of both economies and become the highlight of China-Germany people-to-people and cultural exchanges. At present, China’s development faces the arduous tasks of shift in driving force, mode transformation and structural adjustment. The Chinese government puts education and innovation at the heart of development, regards talents as the first recourse to support development and sees innovation as the first and foremost driver of development and the “golden key” of breaking limitations in economic growth and opening up future growth potentials, hence vigorously implementing the innovation-driven development strategy. Both China and Germany share the tradition of valuing education and promoting innovation. The complementarity of innovation cooperation between both countries far outweighs the competitiveness, thus leaving huge potential for future cooperation.
Liu Yandong expressed that joining efforts for innovation and common development is the consensus reached by both Chinese and German leaders. Both sides should join hands to promote innovative development and fire up the “innovation engine” of the global economy. Both sides should deepen China-Germany innovation policy dialogues, strengthen top-level design, facilitate docking of strategies, promote policy coordination and establish sharing platforms. The two sides should guide practical cooperation in innovation, enhance cooperation in such fields as advanced manufacturing, new energy, semiconductor lighting, new energy vehicles, rail transit, biotechnology, next-generation information technology and the internet of things and explore third-party markets together. Both countries should facilitate in-depth development of people-to-people and cultural exchanges, deepen communication and cooperation in areas including education, science and technology, culture, sports and healthcare, and support cooperation in innovation and entrepreneurship between young peoples. The two sides should make concerted efforts to cope with challenges faced by mankind, encourage and promote coordination between higher education institutions and research institutions of both countries so as to deal with global challenges including climate change, major diseases, epidemics prevention and control, food safety, resource conservation and environment protection, and jointly implement the innovation blueprint made during the G20 Summit. It is hoped that higher education institutions, research institutions and enterprises of both sides can closely cooperate and make new contributions to the innovation causes of both countries and the development of China-Germany all-round strategic partnership.
(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)