draft plan of the proposed lab has been finished and sub

mitted for approval, he said. It’s expected to be located in Hefei, Anhui province.

Quantum information technology, he said, is key to applications including ultra-sec

ure communications, higher computing capability and more precise measurements.

Pan began putting together a quantum science research team at the Hefei-based university in 2001.

He has been widely hailed for leading China to the forefront of long-distance quantum comm

unications, and harnessing quantum laws to transmit information securely. But he said future deve

lopment required more collaboration among scientists and enterprises.

With the support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui province, the Innovation

Institute for Quantum Information and Quantum Science & Technology was founded in Hefei in 2017.

The institute has been functioning at the standard of a national laboratory to explore management experience, said Pan.

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