China is pushing forward with a plan to build a new science and technology university amid escalating tensions with the US and as Beijing pushes domestic excellence in core science and research.
The university, to be built in Liuyang city in the central province of Hunan, will “support development of higher education in the region,” according to a three-year plan published on the official website of the local provincial government.
The preliminary plan is to name it after Qian Xuesen, also known as Tsien Hsue-shen, who was a prominent missile scientist in the US before returning to China in 1955 to lead the nation’s space and missile programmes. Hunan is also the birthplace of Mao Zedong, founding father of the People’s Republic of China.
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