On the morning of May 28th, President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and the chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended the opening ceremony and delivered the important keynote speech. He emphasized that to realize prosperity and great rejuvenation, it is critical for China to energetically develop the science and technology so as to become the center of sciences and the highland of innovations in the world. The situations, challenges and missions in front of us all demand immediate actions. Every people working in the community of science and technology of China shall master the general trend, seize the opportunities, confront the problems and thrive on the difficulties so as to target the world’s technological frontier, lead the developments of science and technology, shoulder important tasks as endowed by the history, bravely become bellwethers of science & technology innovation in the New Era and endeavor to construct a great country powerful in science and technology in the world.
Members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee attending the meeting were Premier Li Keqiang, Wang Huning, who is a member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, and Vice Premier Han Zheng. The event was attended by more than 1300 members, representatives of outstanding scientists and grassroots science and technology personnel, officials from the central government agencies and the military, research institute fellows, and university students and teachers.
On the afternoon of May 29th, Premier Li Keqiang delivered a report on economic and social development to all members. On the afternoon of May 30th, Vice Premier Liu He, also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, delivered a report on relevant situations of science and technology to the members.
The Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) has prudently organized the attendees to learn aforementioned important speeches. Members all thought that the important speeches of the general secretary Xi and other leaders of the Central Committee have fully reflected earnest expectations and amiable concern of the Central Committee of the Party and the State Council to them as well as high attention and great support to the work of CAE, which greatly inspired and excited them, making them feel from heart the glory of their missions and the significance of their tasks.
Mr. Zhou Ji reported on the work to the General Assembly on behalf of the 6th Session of Presidium and systematically summarized from all facets the work of CAE over the past four years. He said that as the national highest level consulting academic think tank in the community of engineering sciences and technology in China, the CAE has conscientiously studied and implemented the spirits of the speech of general secretary Xi and has provided essential support to significant decisions of the Party, due to which the CAE has been widely appreciated by all sectors of the society. Moreover, the CAE has preliminarily set up the national high-level think tank that is “led by innovation, heavily relied by the state, trusted by the society and renowned in the world”.
As voted by all members, the General Assembly passed the Statutes of CAE (revised draft). The amended Statutes of CAE takes the idea of Xi Jinping’s socialist thought with Chinese characteristics in the New Era as the guide, thoroughly implemented spirits of the 19th National Congress of the CPC, the second and the third Plenary Session of the 19th central Committee of CPC, modified and perfected relevant contents.
During the period of the General Assembly, the 12th Guanghua Engineering Science & Technology Award issuing ceremony was also hosted, and the Vice Premier Liu He presented the Guanghua Engineering Scientific & Technological Achievement Award to Prof. Xu Kuangdi and certificates to other laureates.
Besides, certificate awarding ceremony for CAE foreign members as elected in 2017, plenary academic lectures meeting and general election of standing committee members of all CAE academic divisions were also held during the General Assembly.
In terms of the Statutes of CAE, general elections of the Presidium of the Academy were also held. As elected by the 14th CAE General Assembly, Li Xiaohong became the new President of CAE and Chen Zuoning, Zhong Zhihua, Deng Xiuxin, He Huawu and Wang Chen were elected as Vice Presidents of the CAE. On the morning of June 1st, Li Xiaohong expressed in the speech that over the 24 years since its establishment, the CAE has made indelible contributions to the development of engineering science and technology of China, which exhibits the cohesion of painstaking efforts, intelligence and hard work of the previous four Presidents, Zhu Guangya, Song Jian, Xu Kuangdi, Zhou Ji, and all previous sessions of CAE presidium.
Li Xiaohong emphasized that as the socialism with Chinese characteristics enters the New Era, the CAE will shoulder more sacred historical missions. The important speech as delivered by the general secretary Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony of the General Assembly of CAS and CAE is the basic guideline, both present and future, for scientific and technological work of China. The CAE shall implement the sprits of the important keynote speech by general secretary Xi Jinping, play well its role as strategic scientific and technological think tank of China, vigorously promote leapfrog development of science and technology and bravely climb peaks of science and technology. The CAE will also continue to take the advantage of collective intelligence of all members so as to contribute more and more wisdoms and strengths for decision-making of the CPC based on science, democracy and laws and to push forward the modernizations of governance system and strengthen the governance capacity of China. The CAE will always keep in mind and perform the destiny of itself, firmly establish the “Four Consciousnesses”, guided by Xi Jinping’s socialist science and technology innovation thought with Chinese characteristics in the New Era as well as work tirelessly to construct a great country powerful in the community of science and technology in the world and realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.