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A Bumper Year for Chinese Science

Science  09 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6073, pp. 1156
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6073.1156

Summary

In a draft budget released on 5 March at the opening session of the annual National People's Congress, China has earmarked 32.45 billion yuan ($5.14 billion) for basic research in 2012—up 26% from last year's appropriation. Overall, central government spending on science and technology is slated to rise 12.4%, to 228.54 billion yuan ($36.23 billion). Scientists will also benefit from a 24% jump in funding for Project 985 and Project 211, which funnel money to elite universities.

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