China is working with international scientists to research a
wide range of new treatments using traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM), an official with China's Ministry of Science and Technology
said in Beijing on Tuesday.
China together with international researchers will test TCM in
treating AIDS, cancer and psychosis and cardiovascular diseases,
said vice minister Shang Yong.
China also will focus on developing modern TCM products which
meet the demand of the international market and establish TCM
collaborative research centers and laboratories, he added.
"Our goal is to set up 15 to 30 such research centers and
laboratories and finish 100 collaborative research projects by
2020," he added.
China also plans to carry out academic exchanges with 50
overseas medical institutes and colleges, he said. The research was
prompted by the International Traditional Chinese Medicine Program
for Cooperation in Science and Technology which was launched in
Beijing last July.
China has signed inter-governmental protocols including TCM
cooperation with 70 countries and regions. TCM has been accepted
and protected by laws in Australia and South Africa, and TCM
products have been exported to 135 countries and regions, according
to the ministry.
(Xinhua News Agency January 31, 2007)