President targets education in drive for tech self-reliance

China needs to upgrade its education system to support the country’s drive for technological self-reliance, as well as attract more international students, writes William Zheng for South China Morning Post.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered the assessment at a study session of the Politburo, the Communist Party’s top decision-making body, according to state news agency Xinhua. The party made nurturing science and technology talent a major policy at its national congress in October, vowing to break bottlenecks in tech development, particularly in computer chips, amid tech sanctions from Washington.

Calling for faster progress in the area, Xi said education was a “strategic precursor” to building a modern China and an important support for achieving greater science and tech self-reliance.
He stressed the importance of the ideology working in education to ensure students always “listen to the party”.
Full report on the South China Morning Post site