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China to open giant telescope to international scientists


  • Nestled among the mountains in southwest China, the world’s largest radio telescope signals Beijing’s ambitions as a global centre for scientific research.
  • The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), the only significant instrument of its kind after the collapse of another telescope in Puerto Rico this month, is about to open its doors for foreign astronomers to use, hoping to attract the world’s top scientific talent.
  • China has been rapidly boosting its scientific credentials to become less reliant on foreign technology.