Science Magazine recently published an editorial by Wen Jibao, (sub. reqd.) Premier of Chinas State Council on Chinas science and technology initiatives. Weve been saying here for years that China is very serious about becoming a world leader in science and technology. The editorial states China is now engaged in a modernization drive unprecedented in the history of humankind. Other important highlights include:
The future of Chinas science and technology depends fundamentally on how we attract, train, and use young scientific talents today. Thus, at the core of our science and technology policy is attracting a diverse range of talents, especially young people, into science and providing them with an environment that brings out the best of their creative ideas.
I firmly believe that science is the ultimate revolution. At a time when the current global financial turmoil is dealing a heavy blow to the world economy, it has become all the more important to rely on scientific and technological progress to promote growth in the real economy. Economic and social development must rely on science and technology, and science and technology must serve economic and social development. We will rely on science and technology to promote economic restructuring, transform development patterns, safeguard food and energy security, and address global climate change. We are confident that China will reap a rich harvest in science and technology and that this will have positive and far-reaching effects on human civilization and the well-being of humankind.
This is a good editorial to read to understand Chinas commitment to science and technology and its willingness to follow through on its rhetoric even at a financially difficult time.