The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site:
A report on war.163.com gave the news of Xiang Libin winning China’s top annual science and technology award, even though official Chinese media reported that nobody had won it.
The news of the win came from the Initiative Foundation of the Science and Technology University of China.
Xiang won the award for his more than 20 achievements, mainly in the area of satellite technology.
The report says that China’s science and technology awards are given to both common and special items of achievements, in which most of the special items are military ones that have to be kept confidential.
Only a few of them have been made public for propaganda purposes, such as the 921 manned space flight, quantum communication, HY2000 AEW&C aircraft, J-10 and J-11 fighter jets, J-20 stealth fighter jet and Y-20 large transport aircraft.
According to military expert Mr. Lei Ze, due to the secrecy, the names and achievements of quite a few top Chinese scientists have to remain unknown for decades, including Deng Jiaxian, major organiser of the development of China’s nuclear weapons and Yu Min who has independently developed China’s H bombs.
Another top scientist, Research Fellow Ma Weimin, has also been kept secret.
Ma has won the year’s top national award for Science and Technology Team for his development of China’s electromagnetic catapult and the integrated power system for propulsion in China’s large warships and submarines, including that in China’s newest Type 039 conventional submarine.
Source: war.163.com “China’s top science and technology awards are given for military technology in secret, which puzzles the West” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
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