sci-tech advances support better development
new energy vehicles exhibited at2022 world manufacturing convention in hefei, anhui province. (photo: xinhua)
by staff reporters
for the past decade, science and technology have been playing an important role in socio-economic development of china, and brought tangible benefits to its people.
obviously, the breakthroughs in science and technology have boosted emergence of new industries and an upgrade of traditional industries.
the wider application of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and quantum communication, has fostered new products and business models in terms of smart terminals, telemedicine and online education. china's digital economy has reached 7.1 trillion usd by the end of 2021, ranking second worldwide.
china's new energy vehicles sector, powered by technological breakthroughs, is leading the global automobile industry, with its sales ranking first globally for a seventh straight year in 2021, and skyrocketing by 119.7 percent year-on-year in the first eight months of this year.
more efficient coal-fired power generation technology and the growing capacity of clean energies including solar photovoltaic, wind power and nuclear power have promoted the green transition of china's energy consumption.
positive effects of sci-tech advances on people's livelihoods are obvious. food security is safeguarded with agricultural technologies making land more arable and improving crop yields. during the covid-19 pandemic, people's lives and health have always been front and center in terms of support from medical scientific achievements including nucleic acid testing technique, covid-19 vaccines, anti-body therapies as well as traditional chinese medicines.
to make sure all the people benefit from its development, china has also launched pairing assistance projects to narrow the gap between regions. the coastal provinces and megacities help promote the application of new technologies to poverty alleviation and prosperity in the less developed inland and rural areas.