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Five years of technical strides in China

China has made great strides in science and technology in the past five years and is now committed to innovation-driven economic growth.

Following are some highlights of China’s technical breakthroughs.

Photo taken on June 13, 2017 shows China’s Caihong (CH), or Rainbow, solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on its test flight. With a wingspan of 45 meters, the solar-powered drone by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp is capable of flying at an altitude of 20 to 30 kilometers and has a cruising at a speed of 150 to 200 km per hour for long periods. (Photo: China News Service/Zhong Xin)

A view of the China’s first molten-salt solar thermal power plant in Dunhuang City, Northwest China’s Gansu Province, Dec. 9, 2016. The molten-salt solar power plant, which was successfully connected to the grid on Dec. 26, 2016, is the third of its kind in the world and it generates electricity purely from solar power 24 hours a day. (Photo: China News Service/Yang Yanmin)

The C919, China’s first homemade large passenger aircraft, rolled out of the final assembly line in Shanghai, Nov. 2, 2015. (Photo: China News Service/Zhang Hengwei)

A Long March-7 carrier rocket lifts off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, South China’s Hainan Province, June 25, 2016. (Photo: China News Service/Luo Yunfei)

A visitor takes pictures of a model of the Micius quantum satellite. China launched the world’s first quantum satellite on a Long March-2D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, Aug. 16, 2016. (Photo: China News Service/Han Suyuan)

Tu Youyou (R) who won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine delivers a lecture at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, Dec. 7, 2015. (Photo: China News Service/Shen Chen)

China successfully launched its fifth manned spacecraft, the Shenzhou 10, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province, June 11, 2013. Pictured are three astronauts aboard a simulated spacecraft. (Photo: China News Service/Qin Xianan)

China successfully launched its fifth manned spacecraft, the Shenzhou 10, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province, June 11, 2013.(Photo: China News Service/Zhang Lei)

Photo taken on Sept. 25, 2016 shows the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in Pingtang County, southwest China’s Guizhou Province. FAST, world’s largest radio telescope, measures 500 meters in diameter. (Photo: China News Service/He Junyi)

By July 9, 2017, China had completed the trial exploration of flammable ice in the South China Sea, which extracted more than 300,000 cubic meters during 60 days of non-stop mining. China began research into flammable ice in 1998 and found deposits in the South China Sea in 2007. A number of breakthroughs were made during the trial exploration, ranging from extraction methods to environmental protection. (Photo: China News Service/Zhu Xia)