Deciphering CCP’s Virus Research Programs – Part 3: the Five-Year Plan

By 22rOn 

Published June 12, 2021

The purpose of this series is to explain the connections between the Chinese Communist Party’s virology research programs since 2005 and the research institutions involved, including those in Hong Kong. All information is sourced from the Internet. The analysis and conclusions presented here reflect author’s own views only.

Below is an excerpt from the original report Disclosure Report on CCP’s Virus Research Programs and Projects, edited to fit for publishing online.

In this series, we examine the blueprint of the CCP’s virus research program by focusing on the research program titled Research on Cross-Species Infection and Transmission Mechanism of Major Outbreak of Human-Animal Infections with Animal Origin (hereinafter referred to as the 2016 Virus Program).

The 2016 Virus Program is part of the CCP’s the 973 Program and the Five-Year Plan, and is closely linked to the Infectious Diseases Control and Prevention Special Program (IDCPSP). In this part, we briefly explain the Five-Year Plan, followed by a diagram that summizes the relationships of the research programs we mentioned so far.

The 2016 Virus Program and the Five-Year Plan

The Five-Year Plan (full name: the Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development), has been in effect since 1953 and is CCP’s core plan with a five-year implementation cycle, the goal of which is to strengthen its national power. Now planned and implemented by the National Development and Reform Commission, it is similar to the Roosevelt New Deal during the period of 1933-1938.

The 13th 5-Year Plan spans the duration between 2016-2020. The plan is supported by the Central and Local Treasuries, the Foundation Board, and various local government science and technology funds.

The Five-Year Plan contains sub-programs called the National Key R&D Programs. The CCP’s Five-Year Plan is the largest in scope and basically includes the other two plans we mentioned in earlier parts of this series. So the 973 Program and the IDCPSP (a sub-program of the National Science and Technology Major Project), can both be seen as sub-programs of the Five-Year Plan.

Diagram of the various research programs in China and their relations

From the summary of the National Science and Technology Major Project of the 13th 5-Year Plan from 2016-2018, compiled from public information on the Internet (see reference in later parts of this series for the original document, note that the table is incomplete because some classified projects are not published), we can see there are many virus-related projects, particularly in the category of “Protein Machine and Life Process Control and Adjustment” (No. YFA05), “Key Technology R&D for Biosafety” (No. YFC12) and “Prevention and Control of Major Livestock and Poultry Diseases and Integrated Technology Development for Efficient and Safe Farming” (No. YFD05). The content of these projects and their participants provides an important direction for further COVID-19 investigations.

Editor’s Summary

The diagram above is an important roadmap for understanding the CCP’s many different research programs.

The Five-Year Plan is at the top of all the research programs in China, while some of the underlying programs might have contributed to the CCP’s bio-weapon research.


Translation: 许先生

Proofread: DT团队 & 文永

Cover photo: GNews海报组 Deem

Other articles in this series:

Deciphering CCP’s Virus Research Programs – Preamble

Deciphering CCP’s Virus Research Programs – Part 1: the 973 Program

Deciphering CCP’s Virus Research Programs – Part 2: the Disease Control and Prevention Special Program

Deciphering CCP’s Virus Research Programs – Part 4: the 2016 Virus Program

Deciphering CCP’s Virus Research Programs – Part 5: Details of the 2016 Virus Program

Deciphering CCP’s Virus Research Programs – Part 6: the Hong Kong Connection

Deciphering CCP’s Virus Research Programs – Part 7: Other Related Projects

Deciphering CCP’s Virus Research Programs – Part 8: Conclusions and Supporting Materials

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