Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a presidential decree to award 42 individuals national medals and honorary titles according to a decision adopted by The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, on September, 17 2019.
Ye Jianpei, Wu Wenjun, Nan Rendong, Gu Fangzhou and Cheng Kaijia were awarded the honorary title “Scientist of the People;” Yu Yi (Female), Wei Xinhua and Gao Mingxuan were awarded the honorary title “Educator or the People.” Tung Chee-hwa, the first chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, was awarded the national honorary title "Outstanding Contributor to 'one country, two systems.'" Other honorary titles include “Artist of the People,” “Hero of the People,” “Outstanding Contributor of Nation Unity,” and so on.
The six foreigners were presented with the Friendship Medal including Raul Castro (Cuba), Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, Salim Ahmed Salim (Tanzania), Galina Veniaminovna Kulikova (Female, Russia), Jean-Pierre Raffarin (France) and Isabel Crook (Female, Canada).
Honorable President of NCIAE, Sun Jiadong, the esteemed scientist in the field of “atom bombs, hydrogen bombs and man-made satellites,” was awarded the Medal of the Republic. Honorable President Sun was also awarded the honorary title “Pioneer of Revolution” in 2018. Both awards are an affirmation to him and all the people working in the field of Aerospace.
In the history of Chinese aerospace, Honorable President of NCIAE Sun Jiadong, chief designer of the first completed missile, the first man-made satellite, the first scientific experiment satellite, and the first returnable remote sensing satellite; chief engineer of the communication satellite, meteorological satellite in still orbit, resource exploration satellite, BeiDou I Project and Lunar Exploration Program I, has witnessed great changes in the 70 years since the founding of the PRC. He has contributed himself to Chinese aerospace and is deserving of the award.
Sun Jiadong has been the honorable president of NCIAE since September 2011. He has provided his suggestions and advice to help the high-standard development of NCIAE, especially in founding the Remote Sensing Information Processing and Applied Collaborative Innovation Center, the cultivation of aerospace culture, construction of the field and above leveled platforms, application of BeiDou technology and so on.
Secretary of the Party Committee Hao Yulong and President Han Wenzhong paid a visit to Honored President Sun Jiadong in Beijing and gave congratulations to him before the Mid-Autumn Festival. Sun Jiadong provided a new route of development for NCIAE and appreciated compliments from all the staff and students in NCIAE.