The key goals and priorities in China’s science and technology development in the coming decade are detailed in the 2020 program document "The National Medium- and Long-Term Program for Science and Technology Development (2006-2020)". According to this document, China will:
- give priority to technological development in 11 major sectors such as energy, water resources and environmental protection in the coming 15 years
- further improve the national intellectual property rights (IPR) system and strengthen the enforcement of IPR protection laws and regulations
- encourage enterprises to play the key role in innovation through their involvement in state projects and the provision of tax incentives and other financial support
- boost investment in science and technology; by 2020, China’s research and development expenditures will account for about 2.5 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)
- by 2020, derive 60 per cent or more of its economic growth from technological progress; the numbers of patents granted to and total citations of journal articles by Chinese nationals are expected to be ranked among the top five in the world.
(Yanrui Wu: Indigenous innovation for sustainable growth)