Some Chinese Government Officials Vocalize the Need for Reforms in Science

At the first session of this year’s National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, one government advisor stressed the need for reforms in areas of science throughout China.


Zhou Zhonghe is an academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. He and his team at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology have made noteworthy discoveries, many of which have been covered by major western media outlets.


Zhou believes that due to China’s rapid economic development, it has fostered a pragmatic approach to science and research, which he believes has caused confusion between how science and technology are understood.


The work and discoveries that Zhou is known for pertain to prehistoric fossils. His most famous discoveries were prehistoric birds and dinosaurs with feathers, which suggested that many current species of birds are descended from dinosaurs.


After this session of the National People’s Conference (NPC), the government will launch a number of science and technology innovation programs and national laboratories.


According to statistics from the Ministry of Science and Technology, China’s financial input into R&D for basic science doubled between 2011 and 2016.