Appendix: The 2020 Plan on Science and Technology
1 In 2003 Chinese science and technology agencies, researchers and scientists started to prepare the country’s long-term science and technology strategy plan for the period up to 2020. The details of the plan are being released during 2005. The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) provided the following outline in connection with the China–EU High-level Forum on S&T Strategy that was held in Beijing on 12–13 May 2005. PREPARATION OF CHINA’S NATIONAL MEDIUM- AND LONG-TERM S&T DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND ITS PROGRESS In June 2003 China launched the preparation of its national medium- and long-term S&T development plan. The preparation process has gone smoothly, and the plan is expected to be published soon. 1. Background The planning efforts launched in June 2003 for preparing a national S&T development plan will produce China’s ﬁrst medium- and long-term S&T development plan in the new century. The new plan also marks China’s ﬁrst S&T development guidance document since the establishment of its socialist market-economy system, and since its accession to the WTO. It will become the ﬁrst S&T plan to be rolled off and implemented under the new administration. With a clearly deﬁned historical mission to reﬂect its times, the preparation of the new S&T plan therefore constitutes a major event in China’s new-century modernization campaign. 1. Heading for the goal to build a well-to-do society. China has deﬁned a development target of creating a well-to-do society by 2020, allowing its...
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