ISLAMABAD Careful planning coupled with investment in education and research is the secret of Chinese development, said Aarish U. Khan, Research analyst at the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS), during a discussion organised by the institute here on Tuesday, says a press release. He was sharing his experiences with the research staff of IRS upon return from a two-week Know China visit organised by the Chinese Peoples Association for Peace and Development (CPAPD). He said, during a visit to the South China Agriculture University in Guangzhou, it was revealed to him that the university had received around $40 million for research in 2010-11. Aarish Khan attributed the fast-paced economic growth of China to careful economic planning. He informed that China had announced its 12th Five-year Plan in March 2011, and that it had already evaluated the progress on its targets in the initial six months of the plan on indicators such as control of inflation, creation of jobs, reduction in carbon-emission, and reforestation. He said after the rapid economic development of the past couple of decades, it was now concentrating on equitable geographical distribution of wealth as well as restoration of environment affected by the development process. At the discussion the President of IRS, Ashraf Azim also paid his condolences on the death of Begum Nusrat Bhutto. He said Begum Bhutto was an icon of democracy and human rights, and that she was always at the forefront in the struggles against military dictatorships in Pakistan. Fateha was also offered for the eternal peace of the departed soul of the great lady.