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Survey set to unearth R&D resources

CHINA will conduct a nationwide survey to find more research and development resources to promote the country's agriculture, manufacturing, information technology and other major industries.

The survey will provide basic scientific data for policy makers to help them develop the nation's social and economic structure during the 12th Five-Year Plan period from 2011 to 2015, the Ministry of Science and Technology said in a circular on its official Website last Saturday.

The survey will also help the government monitor and evaluate how to ensure independent innovation as it bids to make China an innovation-oriented country, the ministry said.

Six ministries and commissions of the State Council, China's Cabinet, will jointly conduct and finish the survey by the end of this year. The first survey was conducted in 2000.

Statisticians around the nation will survey R&D-intensive enterprises and institutions in all the major industries.

The survey will focus on the personnel, spending, equipment, projects and institutions for research and development.

Many experts also believe the survey will help China stop wasteful spending in scientific research, such as squandering money in redundant purchases of laboratory equipment, and promote the national sharing of resources.

China's R&D spending last year totalled 457 billion yuan (US$66.9 billion), an increase of 23.2 percent from 2007, accounting for 1.52 percent of the annual gross domestic product.


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