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Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong Attends Opening Ceremony of 10th Anniversary of ITER-Retrospect and Prospect

2017/11/29

On November 28, 2017, Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong attended the opening ceremony of the 10th Anniversary of ITER-Retrospect and Prospect and delivered a speech.

Li Baodong congratulated on the important progress made in the "International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor" program (ITER program) and presented a high tribute to leaders, experts and scientific and technological workers who participated in this major project. Li Baodong said that the ITER program is a project of the century for the world's major scientific and technological countries to work together to solve the energy and environmental problems facing mankind. It is also the first major international science program for China to participate in as a full member. In the past ten years, China has made important contributions to promoting the ITER program, which also promotes the development of its own nuclear fusion cause and sets an example for international cooperation in science and technology. It is an important practice for China to promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Li Baodong said that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has started a new journey of building a modern socialist country in an all-round way. China is now in a new era in which the country is increasingly entering the world stage and making greater and continuous contributions to humankind. We should take a more positive attitude to participate in and lead the ITER program, promote the sustainable development of China's energy strategy, accelerate the construction of an innovative country, make contributions to building China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful by the middle of the century, and create a bright future for mankind with all countries across the world.

The ITER program is one of the largest multilateral and international scientific and technological cooperation projects in the world today. It aims to validate the scientific and engineering feasibility of the peaceful use of nuclear fusion through the construction of reactor-scale nuclear fusion devices. The ITER program is carried out by China, the European Union, Russia, the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea and India. The conference was held by China International Nuclear Fusion Energy Program Execution Center. Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang attended and addressed the conference. More than 300 representatives from the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the China National Nuclear Corporation, and the research institutes, universities and enterprises related to nuclear fusion were present.

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