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China to support basic research through new sci-tech plans

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-02-25 10:55

China to support basic research through new sci-tech plans

Wan Gang, Chinese minister of science and technology, speaks during a press conference concerning the reform of China's science development and technical innovation held by the State Council Information Office in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 24, 2016. (Xinhua/Pan Xu)

BEIJING -- China is to improve basic research through new national sci-tech plans, said Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang on Wednesday.

China will support scientists in new fields of research with a natural sciences plan. A key R&D plan will focus on basic research fields that address future needs, including quantum communication, life sciences, stem cells and environmental protection, Wan told a press conference on Wednesday.

The R&D plan will involve basic research while targeting technology for fields and industries vital for economic and social development, Wan added.

China has plans for research and exploration in materials science, neutrinos and gravitational waves. More basic researchers will be trained, and laboratories and research centers will be built, Wan said.

To address low efficiency resulting from redundant programs, over 100 state-funded programs will be merged into five plans: human resources, natural sciences, major sci-tech, R&D and technical innovation.

The R&D plan was launched earlier this month.

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