“Two Bombs, One Satellite” refers to China’s successful detonation of an atomic bomb (and later a hydrogen bomb), an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and an artificial satellite. In the century-long struggle of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and the glorious journey of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) stretching more than 70 years, the successful development of the “two bombs and one satellite” is a major historical event. It is an important achievements of New China’s socialist construction. This accomplishment has greatly inspired the Chinese nation and enhanced the self-confidence and pride of the Chinese people. It has strengthened China’s national defense capabilities and laid the cornerstone of national security. It has also shaped the new image of China as a great power, significantly enhanced China’s international status.

Great causes gives birth to great spirits, and great spirits promote great causes. The spirit of “Two Bombs, One Satellite” is a vivid embodiment of the spirit of patriotism, collectivism, socialism and science, as well as a new and valuable spiritual asset created by the Chinese people under the leadership of the CPC. It is also an important part of the long line of inspiring principles held by Chinese Communists. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, has repeatedly pointed out that the spirit of “Two Bombs, One Satellite” has inspired and encouraged generations of Chinese people and served as a valuable spiritual asset of the Chinese nation. It is necessary to pass on this spirit from generation to generation and turn it into a limitless productive force.

To mark the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, the National Museum of China and the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, PRC are co-hosting the exhibition “Collaborative Innovation and Self-reliance: An Exhibition on the Spirit of ‘Two Bombs, One Satellite.’” It aims to systematically display and interpret the spirit of “Two Bombs, One Satellite”, which features love of the country, selfless dedication, self-reliance, hard work, vigorous collaboration and courage to ascend.

This exhibition has been made possible with the support of more than 20 development organizations related to “Two Bombs, One Satellite,” memorial halls of meritorious figures and relevant research and exhibition organizations. It features 110 cultural relics, artworks and models, 510 pictures as well as multiple display methods such as videos and multimedia touchscreens. This exhibition focuses on demonstrating the extraordinary miracle created by the numerous researchers under the strategic deployment and strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee, the spirit of “Two Bombs, One Satellite” forged through hard work and dedication, and the profound impact of the great cause of “Two Bombs, One Satellite” on national security and the international strategic landscape. It fully embodies the remarkable advantage of the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics in pooling resources to accomplish large undertakings, and profoundly reveals that independent innovation is the only way to reach the peak of global science and technology and build China into a great power in the field of science and technology.

History is engraved in memory and the power of spirit is everlasting. We sincerely hope that this exhibition can lead audiences to develop an in-depth understanding of the spirit of “Two Bombs, One Satellite.” In the journey of building a modern socialist country and realizing the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation, it is necessary to carry forward the spirit of “Two Bombs, One Satellite,” give full play to the advantages of the new system concentrating nationwide efforts and resources on key national undertakings, and concentrate the wisdom and strength of the whole society. It is also needed to motivate and inspire the Chinese people to be in high spirits and strive to write a brilliant chapter in the new era.