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China to Build New Comprehensive National Labs

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China is planning to build several comprehensive national laboratories. These facilities will further boost the country's scientific research prowess as well as support in carrying out large-scale projects.

Beijing will soon house another first in China and that is the country's first multi-program National Laboratory. The complex is located in Huairou and will be constructed this year. To rev up its construction, 12 of the world's top national laboratory experts are invited to share their experiences and insights.

"Actually for the last several years, the largest number of foreign visitors to Oak Ridge has been from China. And of course that reflects the fact that China's research capacity has been growing rapidly as the universities have been expanding and the research institutes. So that means for those programs we have that are internationally nature, it is not surprising probably that China is strongly represented," Dr. Thomas Mason, director of Oak Ridge National Lab US, said.

The Chinese Academy of Science has long been the center of the country's science innovation. It contains 80 percent of China's scientific research facilities and other leading research disciplinary labs.

China now has more labs like this specializing in one particular area of research, the need for cross-disciplinary research and national projects calls for a new wave of creation of national laboratories in the country.

"Many researches that are urgent and actively demanded by the country are need to be done. There are cross-disciplinary researches requiring cutting-edge research facilities that could only funded by the government and hundreds, even thousands of talents. And a multi-program national laboratory is needed," Ding Hong, deputy director of National Lab For Condensed Matter Physics, CAS, China, said.

Together with R&D testing facilities, the state-of-the-art National Laboratory will eventually include three major scientific research facilities which focus on research on clean energy, material genome, environment science, and brain science. (CCTV.com)

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