Despite criticism from local authorities, Xinhua reported last week that Sergei Karrer, director of Moscow’s Technological Advances research centre, has criticised the “double-edged” nature of the research centre’s projects. China is on course to overtake the US as the world’s largest power, Karrer told Xinhua. Many of the institute’s projects now seem to be “stoking uncertainty and anger,” he said. Most of the Chinese projects will be “impossible,” and their methods will “kill” Russia’s ability to create future technologies, Karrer said.
“[The Chinese projects] could not be translated into new industrial or technological inventions, which are unacceptable for us.”
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After years of sharp criticism from local authorities, industry stakeholders and academics, the Russian national development agency, Roscosmos, published an official response to Karrer’s comments on Thursday.
Officials stressed the fact that the institute had operated under a state guarantee since the 1980s, that the country’s science institutes “succeed” only when they adhere to political, economic and technological policies, and that the Russian economy can hardly be defined by “numbers alone.”
On Thursday, Elza Shablickova, the journalist who first reported on Karrer’s statements, gave an interview to Russian portal news.ru.
In the interview, Shablickova noted that many of the Chinese products and services developed at the Technological Advances have been embraced by local authorities, and those that have not, have often been made illegal by some local officials.