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China's 15-year plan for tech growth

May 11, 2005 12:50 IST

China is refining a strategic blueprint for the booming nation's medium and long-term national, scientific and technological development over the next 15 years.

The blueprint's draft work, which began in June 2003, involves more then 2,000 experts  from several departments, including the ministry of science and technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

The plan makes an analysis of China's status quo in science and technology, articulates development guidelines,
strategic goals and the overall deployment of the country's science and technology for the coming 15 years.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao presided over a meeting in Beijing on Tuesday to study and discuss the draft plan, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The draft plan points out the major tasks in these fields, working out policies and measures for scientific and
technological reform, establishing an innovation system and protecting science and technology.

The meeting approved the draft plan but decided to collect ideas and suggestions from various sectors for its further mprovement.

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