Science: Red China's Drive

Like everything else about Red China, its massive effort to catch up with the rest of the world in science and technology is accompanied by internal secrecy and external boasting. Last week the American Association for the Advancement of Science, meeting in New York, gave an important place on its agenda to a symposium adding up what is known about science in Communist China. The consensus: Red China is making impressive—and ominous—progress. At one level the Communist effort stresses education and technical training.

At the end of World War II, said Dr. Edward Chao, a China-born specialist from the U.S. Geological...

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