31 January 2018
On 31 Januar, the Chinese government announced a plan to increase support for basic science, aiming for China to lead the world in science and innovation in about 30 years. The government will improve planning for basic research, build more high-quality state laboratories, train young talent, boost international exchanges, and increase funding from more sources, according to a guideline issued by the State Council. More support will be provided for key basic subjects such as mathematics and physics, as well as cutting-edge research in basic science, involving universe evolution, the origin of life, brain science and cognition, quantum science and deep-ocean science.
In terms of foreign cooperation, the guideline said the government would organize more international collaboration projects in key research, open national research and development programs to foreign participants, and implement science and innovation action plans under the Belt and Road Initiative.