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Ambassador Lyu Jian Attended Opening Ceremony of CAS Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok)

  On December 8, Ambassador Lyu Jian attended the Opening Ceremony of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok). Some 400 people including Professor Zhang Jie, Vice President of the CAS, Thai Minister of Science and Technology Suvit Maesincee as the special envoy of Prime Minister Prayuth, and President of Technology, Information and Communications Council of the National Legislative Assembly Charlie, as well as guests from Chinese and Thailand governments, universities, research institutes, enterprises and news media attended the opening ceremony. Ambassador Lyu delivered a speech and inaugurated the Center together with the main guests at the ceremony.


  Ambassador Lyu said that scientific and technological innovation has become a strategic support for social productivity and comprehensive national strength in all countries and a key factor in promoting world progress. President Xi Jinping made it clear in his report to the 19th CPC National Congress that innovation is the first driving force to development. A nation and a country will prosper only when it is strong in science and technology, and China places scientific and technological innovation in an important position in the overall national development. Prime Minister Prayuth and Thai government attach great importance to scientific and technological innovation in promoting national economic and social development and put forward grand development strategies including "Thailand 4.0", "Digital Thailand" and "the Eastern Economic Corridor." As developing countries, both China and Thailand are in a crucial period in their development and face the common challenges of economic restructuring and upgrading and realizing modernization. Deepening cooperation in scientific and technological innovation is crucial for both countries in further elevating pragmatic cooperation and jointly meeting development challenges. Thailand is an ideal place for China to cooperate in terms of scientific and technological innovation with ASEAN and other regional countries, and the establishment of the CAS Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok) is just the embodiment of the important consensus reached by the two leaders and signifies that China-Thailand cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative has started a new journey.

  Ambassador Lyu stressed that China pursues a neighborhood diplomacy of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, and is committed to fostering a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation, and to advancing the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. China is ready to synergize scientific and technological innovation policies, exchange scientific and technical personnel, advance cooperation in priority areas with Thailand, explore key projects suitable for the development needs of Thailand and upgrade scientific and technological innovation cooperation between the two countries. Ambassador Lyu also congratulated the opening of the center and hoped that the center will play a leading role in pushing forward scientific and technological innovation cooperation between China, Thailand and ASEAN, and bring about true benefits to people of both countries and the region.

  Minister Suvit warmly congratulated the opening of the center, saying that the Thai Royal Family and the government attach great importance to carrying out scientific and technological cooperation with China. He believed that driven by scientific and technological innovation, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and "Thailand 4.0" will achieve even greater development. Thailand highly appreciates China's accomplishments in its rapid development of science and technology and will further deepen cooperation in scientific and technological innovation with Chinese scientific research institutes including the Chinese Academy of Sciences on the basis of existing good cooperation, and will further strengthen cooperation in science and technology under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, contributing to Thailand's economic and social development.

  In his speech, Vice President Zhang Jie said that Thailand is an important country along the Belt and Road and plays an important role as an "innovation hub" in ASEAN countries. In implementing the Belt and Road Initiative,the Chinese Academy of Sciences starts the Action Plan for Jointly Promoting International Sci-Tech Cooperation Along the Belt and Road. As a non-profit overseas organization promoting sci-tech cooperation and commercialization, as well as the first innovation cooperation platform deeply integrated into ASEAN economies, the Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok) will effectively encourage Chinese innovation enterprises to come to Southeast Asia to build a China-ASEAN community of innovation. 2018 is the China-ASEAN Year of Innovation, we hope that China and Thailand would work together to build the Center into an excellent international platform for win-win and all-win cooperation.

  After the ceremony, Ambassador Lyu accepted a joint interview with the mainstream media including Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, TNN TV and TV3 (Thailand) and introduced the current situation, characteristics and key areas of future scientific and technological cooperation between China and Thailand, highlighting the historic opportunities brought by the 19th CPC National Congress.

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