Elizabeth Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government and Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, speaks at a roundtable in Boston, the United States, Oct. 23, 2017. China has over the past five years achieved remarkable accomplishments, said several leading U.S. experts on China at a recent roundtable in Boston. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- China has over the past five years achieved remarkable accomplishments, said several leading U.S. experts on China at a recent roundtable in Boston.
"The past five years under Chinese President Xi Jinping's leadership have indeed witnessed a kind of technological revolution, especially an IT revolution that has brought amazing changes to China," said Elizabeth Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government and Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute.
Technological advances have had a profound impact on the Chinese society, enabling people to hail a cab, book air and railway tickets, order takeout or even buy groceries with simply a cellphone, Perry said based on her first-hand observations during a trip to China this summer.
"I think there is little doubt that China's era of technological progress and prowess is indeed a historic turning point for China, a major consequence not only for China but also the world," the veteran China expert said.
Perry also acknowledged the promotion of renewable energy and the expansion of Chinese educational institutions as a major trend in the country, and that Chinese know-how is also gaining a foothold overseas.
"Here in Boston the red line and the orange line are about to introduce modern subway cars from Changchun," Perry said, referring to a northeastern Chinese city.
The military was another area raising during the discussion.