BEIJING, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- China will promote
manned space flight, lunar exploration and a number of other science and
technology initiatives in 2007, said Minister of Science and Technology, Xu
Guanhua, here on Monday.
"These key projects are vital to upgrading China's
innovation capacity and consequently its economic competitiveness," said the
The ministry will invite experts to discuss budget
requirements and the feasibility of these projects. Several projects will get
underway by the end of this year, said Xu.
Large planes, a new generation of wireless
communications and exploration of large oil and gas fields will also be high on
the government's agenda.
Xu pledged to implement several other important
projects in fields such as renewable energy and the environment, to help solve
the pressing difficulties met with in current economic and social development.
In its national guidelines for medium- and long-term
science and technology development, China vowed to make breakthroughs in key
state projects over the next 15 years. It promised to invest public and private
funds into a variety of projects covering energy resources, agriculture and
manufacturing areas, space exploration and research on protein and