CHINA - World’s Largest Radio Telescope

Arno Froese

Nestled among the mountains in southwest China, the world’s largest radio telescope signals Beijing’s ambitions as a global center for scientific research.

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST)—the only significant instrument of its kind after the collapse of another telescope in Puerto Rico—is about to open its doors for foreign astronomers to use, hoping to attract the world’s top scientific talent.

Wang Qiming, chief inspector of FAST’s operations and development center, said during a rare visit by the foreign press that he had visited Arecibo.

“We drew a lot of inspiration from its structure, which we gradually improved to build our telescope,” he said.

The 500-meter giant satellite dish is easily the world’s largest—covering the area of 30 football pitches [soccer fields]—and cost 1.1 billion yuan ($175 million) to build, as well as displacing thousands of villagers to make room for it.

China has been rapidly boosting its scientific credentials to become less reliant on foreign technology.

The world’s most populous country has so far only won one scientific Nobel Prize—awarded in 2015 to chemist Tu Youyou.

But In the past two decades, China has built the largest high-speed train network in the world, finalized its Beidou geolocation system—a competitor of the American GPS—and is now in the process of bringing lunar samples back to Earth.

“China is certainly a global center for scientific research, at the same level as North America or Western Europe,” he said. “The community of researchers is as advanced, as creative, and as well organized as in any advanced nation in the world.”

“More and more discretion and intellectual freedom have been given to the scientific and engineering community to explore new ideas and take bigger risks in the research environment,” he said. “The risk-averse culture that was once predominant has given way to a more entrepreneurial culture.”

“In many ways, the competition between China and the U.S. is about a race for talent—and this race promises to build momentum as the competition between the two countries heats up,” he added., 17 December 2020

Arno's commentary

The Chinese Communist Party is targeting its attention toward high-tech. Based on recent history, China is making great strides in the race to become the world leader in science and technology.

Is such an aim unrealistic? We think not. We must remember that a few decades ago, China was considered a backward country, not quite third world, but definitely second-rate. That is in the process of changing. Why? Because the world must become united. The words of the US Constitution are quite prophetic: “All men are created equal.” 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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