2019 New Year’s Message

Updated: 2019-01-04

2019 New Year’s Message

Ushering in a New Era where Foreign Expertise Introduction Serves Scientific and Technological Innovation Better

As we ring in the year of 2019, I would like to extend our New Year wishes to our partners both home and abroad, including the government agencies, organizations, friends from various communities, who have long been interested and helpful to the foreign expertise introduction work of China. Our greetings also go to foreign experts and their families, and colleagues who work in the field of international exchange of science, technology and talent!

2018 is a year of significant change. According to the institutional reconstruction plan of the State Council of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology was restructured by taking over the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs while remaining its name. This is one of our nation’s strategic moves to push forward the science and education oriented, talent and innovation driven development strategy. The restructured Ministry of Science and Technology (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs) will press ahead national innovation system, optimize administration, and cultivate high-level talent pipeline.

2018 is a year of extraordinary progress. Under the guidance of the spirits of 19th National Congress of CPC, Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and Xi Jinping’s important speeches on foreign expertise introduction, The Ministry of Science and Technology (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs) scaled new heights in various fields, with improved top-level design, upgraded services, and accelerated achievement sharing mechanism. Guideline on Foreign Talent Visa Application rolled out nationwide, setting a milestone in implementing more proactive, open and efficient talent introduction policies. By sending Chinese talents abroad and introducing foreign experts to China, the quality and effectiveness of overseas training programs improved significantly. The major projects on international talent exchange, such as high-level overseas talent plans and the exemplary international schools in universities answered the call of national strategies actively. The media coverage of the foreign expertise introduction was powerful and attractive, serving as a gateway for the world to understand China more and better.

2018 is a year of historic importance. The celebration of the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up bloomed all around China. As president Xi said, the foreign experts deserved the credit for the magnificent achievements of China since the initiation of reform and opening-up policy. At the grand conference celebrating this historical anniversary, ten foreigners received China Reform Friendship Medals, including China’s first foreign factory director Werner Gerich, and Alan Merieux, a scientist who helped China fighting against epidemic diseases. Under the guidance of The Ministry of Science and Technology (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs), a series of events commemorating foreign experts’ notable contribution and sincere friendship since reform and opening up, including a campaign which selected a list of 40 most influential experts and an exhibition displaying foreign expertise Introduction achievements over the past 40 years, showcased the valuable experience of how foreign talents and intellect serve the course of reform and opening up.

2018 is a year of fruitful achievements. The 16th Conference on International Exchange of Professionals, which was successfully held in Shenzhen, enjoyed growth in scale, upgrading in contents, and a record high level of internationalization. The 2018 Ceremony of the Chinese Government Friendship Award was held in the Great Hall of People. The 12th Sino-American Technology and Engineering Conference, was held in Beijing. The foreign experts recommendation program became a better think tank as it received more quality suggestions.

Knowledge and Practice are interdependent. At the doorstep of a new era, let us embrace challenges and start afresh.

Nowadays, a new round of science and industrial revolution is gaining momentum. The reconstruction of Ministry of Science and Technology linked the foreign expertise introduction with scientific and technological innovation, providing a better platform to match the international talent with domestic needs. By strengthening science and technology innovation and foreign expertise introduction, we will unleash the enormous potential of science and technology as the primary productivity, and that of talent as the most important resource.

2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. As President Xi said at the conference on the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up, Chinese people have traveled thousands of miles, but we has to conquer higher mountains and rougher waters before we achieve further development. Under the guidance of innovation strategy and President Xi’s strategic thought of pooling all kinds of talent and putting them into best use, we’ll continue to improve our work to serve scientific and technological innovation better through putting forward more proactive methods to attract talents all around the world and making China a world’s go-to place for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Our future is rooted in the soil of hope. Bathing in the sunshine, our lives are changing with our own hard work. The reform is still advancing, and the door of openness will be even wider. Scientific and technological innovation and foreign expertise introduction are going to play even more important roles in the course of the great rejuvenation of Chinese nation to build a brighter future!

2019 New Year’s Message



Vice Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology

Administrator of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs