The conflict that led to the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, in the US state of Texas, smacks of rivalry in the development of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Amid reports of microplastics contaminating the environment and a number of animal species, the scientific data pointing to the impact of microplastics on food safety and wellbeing remain limited. More research is needed on the impacts of microplastic contamination.
Apart from the limited budget due to a lack of government support, public officials rarely consider the results of research in the decision-making process. Furthermore, the country has only allocated 0.9 percent of the state budget to research, or around Rp 24 trillion (US$1.58 billion).
Deliberations over the presidential regulation on accelerated development of national electric vehicles should focus on aligning research to the industry. However, this expectation requires regulations that fully support the national electric vehicle industry.