“In manned spaceflight, deep-water exploration, quantum communications, large aircraft development, and more, China has seen a stream of major outcomes of innovation. In high-speed rail, e-commerce, mobile payments, and the sharing economy, China is leading the world.” In summarizing the achievements over the past five years, the government work report mentioned four major innovations, including the quantum communications that took place in Anhui Province. This was another important occasion that referred to quantum information technology, following the report to the 19th CPC National Congress and President Xi Jinping’s speech for New Year’s Day of 2018.
“The quantum communication was born in Hefei and started in Hefei.” On the afternoon of March 5, Pan Jianwei, member of the CPPCC National Committee from Anhui Province and “Father of Quantum”, said in an interview with reporters that Hefei really made a great contribution to science. It is attributed to the support from CPC Anhui Provincial Committee, Anhui Provincial Government, CPC Hefei Municipal Committee and Hefei Municipal Government.
“Anhui attaches great importance to scientific and technological innovation.” Pan Jianwei said that at present there are only three comprehensive national science centers in the country. In addition to Shanghai and Beijing, it is Hefei and the approval of Hefei was even earlier than Beijing.
Pan Jianwei said that Hefei has a very good layout in innovation. Not long ago, the Ministry of Science and Technology released the four major platforms for artificial intelligence. In addition to Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, it is Anhui-based iFLYTEK.
The development of large scientific apparatus is also very exciting. Pan Jianwei said, in addition to Beijing and Shanghai, Hefei is the most concentrated place of the major science and technology infrastructure.
The construction of Hefei comprehensive national science center needs talents. Pan Jianwei thought that the internationalization of the city plays an important role in gathering talents. “For example, at present the number of international schools in Hefei is still relatively small. If foreign talents come and their children can not speak Chinese, the problem will arose when going to school.” Pan Jianwei thought Hefei should speed up the construction of several high-standard international schools. “It will be very helpful for us to attract world-class talents.”