BEIJING, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a
congratulatory message to the ceremony for the start of assembly of the
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), which took
place on Tuesday at the megaproject's headquarters in France.
The active explorations and practices through the past over 10 years
have fully proved that open exchanges are a key route for exploring
scientific frontiers, Xi said in the message.
Noting that science is not bound by national borders and innovation
is an endless endeavor, Xi said international scientific and
technological cooperation is critical to addressing global challenges
faced by mankind.
The ITER project embodies the human desire for the peaceful use of
fusion energy, Xi said, adding that since the launch of the project,
China has honored its international commitments, and Chinese entities
and scientific researchers have taken on difficult tasks and
collaborated closely with their international colleagues, contributing
Chinese wisdom and strength to the smooth progress of the program.
As the world is tackling severe challenges brought by the COVID-19
pandemic, humanity needs now more than ever to forge partnerships and
overcome hardships, stressed the Chinese president.
China, he said, stands ready to continuously strengthen cooperation
and exchanges in scientific research with all parties, and work together
to achieve breakthroughs in key areas of science and technology,
promote scientific and technological innovation across the globe, and
make new contributions to the betterment of lives in all countries and
sustainable development of the whole world.
The ITER program is one of the largest and most important
international scientific research project in the world. China officially
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