Mounting pressure on technology behind China’s drive for self-reliance, says expert

Mounting pressure on technology behind China’s drive for self-reliance, says expert

BEIJING – The wave of rising protectionism on technology and pressure against China in recent years led to a growing realisation in Beijing that it needed to develop its own critical technologies to secure its own development, a Chinese government expert said on Monday (Nov 23).

Dr Tian Jietang, who studies innovation research for the Development Research Centre (DRC) of the State Council, China’s Cabinet, was explaining the drive for technological self-sufficiency in China.

The subject has gained impetus after it emerged as a major talking point during a meeting of top Communist officials last month discussing China’s future development plans.

“We’ve realised that for some critical technologies, if we don’t develop it ourselves, we will never get them,” said Dr Tian, who was among a panel of experts speaking at a press briefing.