China to revamp science, tech in face of foreign ‘suppression’

SpaceDaily.com reports: “China will conduct a sweeping revamp of its science ministry and tech capabilities, pouring more resources into manufacturing and research as Beijing pushes for self-reliance in the face of foreign attempts at ‘containment and suppression’.

A broad restructuring document announced by China’s cabinet on Tuesday and set to be approved by the country’s parliament this week will refocus the Ministry of Science and Technology’s resources on coordinating scientific and technological breakthroughs.

Beijing will ‘optimise its management of the whole chain of science and technology innovation’, the document said, as well as set up a national data administration responsible for overseeing the digital economy.

China faced ‘a severe situation of international scientific and technological competition alongside external containment and suppression’, said Xiao Jie, a member of China’s State Council, as he introduced the plan at a meeting of the national parliament on Tuesday.

Beijing must ‘better coordinate scientific and technological capabilities to overcome difficulties in key core technologies’, while also accelerating ‘high-level scientific and technological self-reliance’, Xiao said, according to an official readout…”

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