China has set itself the target of becoming self-reliant in science and key technologies. Photo: Bloomberg
China has set itself the target of becoming self-reliant in science and key technologies. Photo: Bloomberg

China’s tech self-reliance push puts awards system for scientists under microscope

  • Academician status brings privileges such as funding and influence over government policy, but selection is seen as encouraging cronyism
  • There should be ‘a strict threshold on the quality of selection of academicians … for the nation’s strategic needs’, Vice-Premier Liu He says

China has set itself the target of becoming self-reliant in science and key technologies. Photo: Bloomberg
China has set itself the target of becoming self-reliant in science and key technologies. Photo: Bloomberg
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