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China bets big on big facilities

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Science  23 Sep 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6306, pp. 1353
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6306.1353

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As part of its new 13th 5-year plan, the Chinese Academy of Sciences this month unveiled plans for a national science center that will carry out mission-driven research along the lines of the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories. The first of China's multipurpose labs will rise in Huairou Science Park, a technology park planned for Beijing's northern outskirts. Forming the backbone of the center, slated for completion in 2023, will be a powerful synchrotron—the Beijing Advanced Photon Source—a supercomputer, and two other big-ticket facilities that will together cost $1.4 billion to build. More such laboratories are on the drawing board.