We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.

The full article is available here as HTML.

Press Ctrl-C to copy

The Chinese Academy of Science's vice-president, Zhu Chen, has spoken out in defence of the way China funds science. The country's tendency to spend billions on centrally planned prestige science projects instead of investing in basic science was recently criticised in a series of Nature editorials in a Nature supplement published in English and Chinese.

Speaking to The Scientist, Chen challenges the authors' right to comment on another country's policies. He also questions their understanding of the connection between China's key national priorities and the direction of its research.

Meanwhile, China's National Natural Science Foundation is going against the general funding trend, asking dozens of American-Chinese scientists to review key funding proposals as a way of reducing conflicts of interest.

Link to full news story in The Scientist