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China to speed up translation of foreign social science classics: publisher

(Xinhua)

14:40, November 20, 2011

A leading Chinese publisher announced on Saturday a long term plan of translating and publishing about 2,000 foreign classics in social sciences by 2020.

The plan was part of the country's largest programs of academic translation and publication in its modern publication era, said Wang Tao, vice president of the state-owned China Publishing Group at a meeting held to mark the release of a special version of those finished translations.

The series, currently covering 500 famous foreign classics in philosophy, politics/ law, economics, history and linguistics, was first printed in 1982 with 200 works, and the number grew to 300 in 1996 and 400 by 2003.

Notable works include Hegel's Shorter Logic, the History of Herodotus, the Economics by Paul Samuelson and the Social Contract of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

The government has decided to offer financial supports to the project, said Wang.

However, keeping the high quality of each book should always be the priority, noted Wu Shulin, deputy director of the General Administration of Press and Publication.

The series has made fundamental and continuous contributions to China's academic and cultural developments by introducing key academic achievements and classics of foreign writers, said Wu.

Earlier this month, China's Ministry of Education issued a guideline on the development of social sciences and philosophy in higher education and research institutions to support the country's culture strategy.

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