The vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhu Chen, has spoken out in defense of the way China funds science, saying that foreign critics are not in a position to properly understand the country's policies.
In an interview with
The commentaries, printed in both English and Chinese, blasted China's tendency to invest billions in centrally planned prestige science projects, while allowing only much smaller sums for basic science research. One editorial concluded that China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) should be dismantled. The authors, both domestic and overseas Chinese scientists, hold key leadership or advisory roles in China's major science agencies.
Chen challenged the scientists'...