Seventh strategic significance of AST：The artificial soil technology can further improve the competitiveness of China among the five superpowers to enable China to be in a more favorable position.
The competition among superpowers is after all the competition in terms of economic strength and the comprehensive national strength. Compared with the other countries, China is not inferior in terms of the development momentum and potential of all aspects except agriculture. Since we get hold of the artificial soil technology and we are rich in labor resources, we can make best use of the advantages and bypass the disadvantages and try our best to make up the gap. With the artificial soil technology, we can follow our wills as a superpower. We should increase our land resources in a planned way to direct surplus labor force, idle capital and equipment as well as surplus productive force to the increasing of land resources, thus strengthening solid agricultural infrastructure for China.
The quality of artificial soil is superb and it can be designed according to different crops and different management purposes. The soil is non-pollutant and the contents of harmful heavy metals and chemical substances can nearly be reduced to zero. Because of the guarantee of land resources, the scale and efficiency of agricultural production can be improved substantially. We will be able to not only realize self-supporting of products, like cereals, cotton, vegetables, and fruits and sideline animal husbandry products, but also develop characteristic agricultural and fine agricultural products greatly to improve the competitiveness of our agricultural products in the world market.
Our Chinese people have the traditional merits of being industrious and thrifty. The development of agriculture in China has lasted for about 10000 years. With the modern artificial soil technology, the development of agriculture is provided with reliable material basis and resources guarantee. We will be able to produce not only enough but also high quality agricultural and animal husbandry products. In addition, we are bestowed with abundant human resources, so the quick development of all sectors is inevitable and unquestionable. In world history, China’s economy had once been in the leading position for a long time and the opening of the Silk Road and the offshore Silk Road is the evidence. In modern terms, our GDP had taken up over half of the world’s total for a long time. Therefore I believe that the days when our GDP takes up 51% of the world’s total will come sooner or later. Only by then can we say that our preliminary targets have been met.
In terms of superpower strategy, Russia and the United States can be regarded as models in the world. Since January 1547 when Ivan Ⅳ was crowned, the policy of territorial expansion had been adopted in Russia till the end of World War Two, lasting for more than 400 years. No matter how the dynasties were replaced or the governments changed, this basic national policy has remained the same. The territorial area of the Soviet Union reached 22.4 million km2 in the period of great prosperity, being the largest country in the world in terms of territory and stretching across Europe and Asia. The United States of America had adopted the policy of opening to the world and development since the declaration of independence by George Washington in June 1776 till the end of World War Two for a period of more than 150 years. Regardless of the change of regimes, the basic national policy has remained the same and America has become the most developed, the richest and the most powerful country in the world and it is the unique superpower in the world.
China has historically been a peace-loving country that is on friendly terms with its neighbors. Confucius said, “To have friends coming from afar, isn’t it a happy thing?” When we become stronger in the future and have more economic power, more surplus capital and surplus productive force, we would not follow the example of some countries to “build roads” or “set up systems”. Instead, we will focus our strength on learning from their model spirit and addressing the national issues well within 200 years. We will handle the problems of land degrading and land desertification. We will green the wild hills. In one word, we will improve the international competitiveness of our country for the purpose of no longer being bullied by others instead of bullying others.