China's Leader Commits to Basic Research, Global Science

Science  16 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5473, pp. 1950-1953
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5473.1950

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BEIJING-- In an exclusive interview with Science, President Jiang Zemin offers a glimpse of a new China that is encouraging young scientists to use the Internet for their work--and reveals his secret past as a nuclear engineer. Alternately tough, charming, charismatic, and personally warm, Jiang makes clear in this interview that he is a pragmatist and is committed to major structural change. His comments are edited for brevity and include written answers to questions submitted prior to the interview.