Funds for sci­en­tific pro­mo­tion in­suf­fi­cient

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHENG YINGQI chengy­ingqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China has been gain­ing in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for its sci­en­tific re­search thanks to sig­nif­i­cant gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment, though au­thor­i­ties seem not as gen­er­ous in pro­mot­ing science to the gen­eral pub­lic.

Sur­vey re­sults re­leased on Wed­nes­day by the Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy show that last year, spe­cial gov­ern­ment fund­ing for science pro­mo­tion was 4.63 yuan ($0.67) per capita, a 0.05 yuan drop from the pre­vi­ous year.

“When we talk about the spe­cial fund, we are re­fer­ring to the fi­nan­cial al­lo­ca­tions aside from in­fra­struc­ture spend­ing, such as the cost of build­ing science and tech­nol­ogy mu­se­ums. As the in­fra­struc­ture projects can last for a few years af­ter one-time fund­ing, ex­clud­ing it will en­sure the con­ti­nu­ity of the data,” said Qiu Chengli, a re­searcher at the Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy’s Depart­ment of Poli­cies, Reg­u­la­tion and Su­per­vi­sion.

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