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The Chinese government plans to invest an estimated 2.5 billion renminbi (US$300 million) during five years on nanoscience — the science of materials at the level of atoms and molecules.

The scheme includes building a National Nanoscience Center in Beijing, scheduled to become fully operational in 2003, at a cost of between 250 million to 500 renminbi.

It is hoped that the centre will act as a platform for scientists worldwide and that it will help to attract scientific talent back to China.

Reference: Nature 414, 240 (2001)

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