PRESIDENT Xi Jinping (習近平) says he is supporting the developing IT cooperation between Hong Kong and the mainland.
Replying to a letter from Hong Kong members of the Chinese Academy of Science (中國科學院) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (中國工程院), Xi said Hong Kong will play an important role in transforming the mainland into an innovative country.
Members of the academies wrote to Xi last June, expressing their hopes and passion in repaying the country by developing innovation technology and told of problems such as restrictions on the use of IT budgets issued by mainland authorities in the SAR.
Xi read the letter, Xinhua News Agency (新華社) reported, and he quickly called for meetings with the IT and financial bureaus to discuss measures on how to enhance IT cooperation between the SAR and the mainland.
He instructed the bureaus to consider the SAR’s IT development as an important component of the country’s innovative force. The central government liaison office will also gather opinions from the SAR government and IT sector.
Xi said the SAR is equipped with the infrastructure and foundation for IT development, and has many advanced and patriotic talents. He said enhanced cooperation between Hong Kong and the mainland will enable the SAR to establish itself as an international IT center.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 23 May 2018)
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