Exhibition showcases Chinese feats in innovation

Visitors view models of Chinese military equipment during an exhibition showcasing China's achievements over the past five years at the Beijing Exhibition Hall in Beijing, China, on Sept 28, 2017.
Visitors view models of Chinese military equipment during an exhibition showcasing China's achievements over the past five years at the Beijing Exhibition Hall in Beijing, China, on Sept 28, 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BEIJING • An exhibition that showcases China's achievements in technology and innovation in the past five years has opened, highlighting the country's drive to become a knowledge economy under the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP's) leadership.

Featuring 10 themed zones and an experiential zone, the exhibition covers various areas, including economic progress, political reform, cultural development, environmental protection, party discipline, diplomacy and military reform.

The displays, models and virtual reality technology detail China's achievements since the 18th CCP National Congress five years ago. Opened last Tuesday, the exhibition in Beijing is co-organised by the CCP and various state departments, and opened ahead of the 19th congress set to begin on Oct 18.

China's gross domestic product jumped to 74.41 trillion yuan (S$15.4 trillion) last year from 54.04 trillion yuan in 2012.

Innovation has been powering the growth. China ranks 22nd in the Global Innovation Index this year, the only middle-income country to make the top 25.

At the exhibition, retired soldier Sun Jiancheng stood at a board in a zone featuring the CCP's development and its discipline. "The exhibition is inspiring. My friends and I are all very eager to see what China and the CCP will achieve in the future," Mr Sun said.

Featuring 10 themed zones and an experiential zone, the exhibition covers various areas, including economic progress, political reform, cultural development, environmental protection, party discipline, diplomacy and military reform.

The displays, models and virtual reality technology detail China's achievements since the 18th CCP National Congress five years ago.

The CCP had a total of 89.45 million members nationwide in 2016, up from 74.15 million in 2007, according to an exhibit.

Separately, the party announced last Saturday that more workers and farmers as well as women and minorities have been elected as delegates to the 19th congress.

According to a statement by the CCP Central Committee's organisation department, 771 delegates, or 33.7 per cent of the total, are from front-line production and manufacturing, up 3.2 percentage points compared with the 18th congress.

Among them, 198 are workers or migrant workers, 86 are farmers and 283 are professional technical personnel, it said.

The representation of female members and members from ethnic minority groups is also rising, reaching 24.1 per cent and 11.5 per cent of the total respectively, the statement said, noting that ethnic minority members come from 43 out of the country's 55 ethnic minority groups.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2017, with the headline 'Exhibition showcases Chinese feats in innovation'. Print Edition | Subscribe