Beijing to sharpen country’s R&D focus



a man sitting on a stage in front of a computer: China’s total public and private sector spending on hi-tech research and development reached a record high of US$324 billion last year. Photo: AP


China’s total public and private sector spending on hi-tech research and development reached a record high of US$324 billion last year. Photo: AP

Hello, this is Bien Perez from the South China Morning Post’s Technology desk, with a wrap of our leading stories this week.

Amid rising tensions with Washington, Beijing has had to downplay some of the country’s technological catch-up efforts, such as the “Made in China 2025” policy road map. Sensing a threat to US global hi-tech dominance, the Trump administration had seized on the plan as an example of what it sees as unfair state intervention in China’s economy.

In reality, however, China’s pace of hi-tech initiatives has not slowed down. The country’s spending on research and development broke a record last year, reaching 2.2 trillion yuan (US$324 billion), according to data released in August by three Chinese government agencies, covering the private and public sectors. That

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Athens Ramseyer Spearheads Emerging Neuromarketing Industry While Using Influential Power to Address Country’s Needs

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / September 30, 2020 / Athens Ramseyer’s neuromarketing agency Sciential combines neuroscience and marketing to help clients deliver their brand’s message to the buyers. He is also using the influential power of the digital psychology framing strategy to help those affected by the pandemic, human trafficking, and other social issues.

Recently, NFL Hall of Famer coach Mike Singletary made headlines for his successful effort in gaining significant support for his fight against human trafficking. On July 30, 2020, President Donald Trump met with Mike, and the former 49ers coach enamored the president. President Trump even tweeted about how great the meeting went. Not long after, the Trump administration awarded more than $35 million in grants to 73 organizations in 34 states.

The grants provide aid to survivors of human trafficking. It is not difficult to see the connection between the provision of the grants and

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Colorado regulators leaning toward enacting what could be the country’s biggest setbacks from oil, gas wells

A state commission has given preliminary approval to what could be the largest statewide setbacks for oil and gas wells in the country.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted Monday for 2,000-foot setbacks. A final vote on that rule and many others is expected in early November.

The COGCC said it believes the 2,000 feet of space that would be required between homes, schools and oil and gas wells would be the largest in the country.

However, the requirement comes with exceptions that could in practice result in shorter setbacks in certain cases, including when topography or technology can provide comparable protections at a shorter distance.

The setbacks and a first-of-its-kind emissions-monitoring rules for wells approved Sept. 23 by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission are part of the implementation of Senate Bill 181. Both panels have been holding public hearings, meeting with interest groups and writing rules

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Ghana hails SGCI’s role in transforming the country’s Science and Technology sector

The government of Ghana has hailed the extraordinary role that the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) has played over the last five years in helping transform Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in the country.

Special Advisor to the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Oliver Boachie in an interview said Ghana’s participation in SGCI has seen the nation benefit from capacity building initiatives, as well as other support aimed at putting STI at the center of national development.

“We have received training on research management using grant management systems. That is a whole process of issuing calls for proposals, receiving proposals, vetting, allocation of resources, management of the resources, tracking of the output and so on.”

The SGCI is a multi–funder Initiative aimed at strengthening the capacities of 15 Science Granting Councils in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and

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‘Venus is a Russian planet’, says country’s top space official

  • The director-general of Russian space corporation Roscosmos claimed this week that Venus is a “Russian planet.”
  • “Resuming Venus exploration is on our agenda. We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” Dmitry Rogozin told reporters on Tuesday. 
  • Rogozin also revealed the country’s plans to send its own mission to Venus, on top of an already-proposed joint venture with the United States called “Venera-D.” 
  • The top space officials comments come on the back of new research published this week, which found that Venus’ clouds could be harboring microbial life. 
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The head of the Russian space agency has staked the country’s claim on Venus, saying this week that it is a “Russian planet.”

Dmitry Rogozin, who is the director general of Russian space corporation Roscosmos, revealed that the country plans to send its own mission to Venus.

This would be

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