CHONGQING, April 9 (Xinhua) -- State Councilor Liu Yandong has called for more efforts in scientific and technological innovation to boost development in China's Chongqing Municipality.
Liu made the remarks during a recent inspection tour of Chongqing, the only municipality in China's central and western regions.
She said innovation in science and technology is crucial to combat the financial crisis, optimize industrial structure, adjust the economic growth mode, and to achieve fast development.
Liu urged the municipality to make breakthroughs in its pillar industries, strive to foster technology-intensive burgeoning industries of strategic importance, speed up its building of a science and technology innovation center and an industrial base to apply scientific research to industrial production.
During her inspection, Liu visited schools, scientific research institutes, high-tech companies and cultural institutions.