China has made steps in science and technology since the country took on a policy of reform in 1978, according to a Belgian Chinese professor in an interview. The country has made notable developments in science and technology, ranging from rocket launching, space exploration and manned spacecraft to electronics, IT, medicine and chemistry, said Prof. Su Baolian of Namur University in Belgium.

Su began his teaching profession at the university in 1995 and became its life-long professor in 2004, the youngest at the university. In 2007, he received the Aldophe Wetrems Prize from the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences. He said that high technology is the basis of the design, manufacturing, launching and tracking of spacecraft and rackets, serving as a general indicator of the strength in science and technology of a country.

He added that China's vast achievements in these fields indicate that it is now one of the world leaders in advanced materials science, advanced manufacturing, electronics, computer science, meteorology and optoelectronics. The country’s manned space technology and rocket methods have helped them promoting national pride across the globe. This progress contributes to international space science.

China can now produce an extensive variety of products because of nanotechnology, from the self-cleaning silk kerchiefs and ties, to automatic glass and tiles cleaning machines. Su recalled that in the early 1990s, Chinese scientists were hardly visible in the circles of international science. Today, they are organising international conferences and holding relevant positions in international science organisations.

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