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15 New Projects Bolster Basic Research

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Science  18 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5397, pp. 2171
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5397.2171

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China has chosen 15 projects to inaugurate one of the largest basic research programs in the country's history. The projects, to be announced officially next week, concentrate R&D resources in rapidly growing fields, such as information sciences and biotechnology, that officials expect to contribute significantly to the country's economic prosperity. The program, which will receive $300 million and run through 2003, is seen as complementing a 1991 initiative aimed at stimulating applied research in strategic areas.