The Ceremony of National Science and Technology Awards was held in Beijing on the morning of January 9th, 2017. Party and state leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Liu Yunshan, Zhang Gaoli attended the ceremony and conferred the Awards. Li Keqiang addressed the ceremony. Zhang Gaoli chaired the ceremony.
The ceremony began at 10am with the national anthem. President Xi Jinping first granted 2016 National Preeminent Science and Technology Award to Zhao Zhongxian, academician of the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Tu Youyou, researcher of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. President Xi congratulated and shook hands with the two recipients. Then President Xi and other Party and state leaders granted the National Natural Science Award, the National Technological Invention Award, the National S&T Progress Award and the International S&T Cooperation Award.
Vice Premier Liu Yandong announced the Decision of the State Council on National Science and Technology Awards in 2016.
Academician Zhao Zhongxian spoke on behalf of all recipients.
President Xi Jinping and other Party and state leaders met and took photos with representatives before the ceremony.
Other leaders attending the ceremony included Liu Qibao, Xu Qiliang, Zhao Leji, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jing, Chen Zhu and Wan Gang.