China's Research Culture

Science  03 Sep 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5996, pp. 1128
DOI: 10.1126/science.1196916

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Government research funds in China have been growing at an annual rate of more than 20%, exceeding even the expectations of China's most enthusiastic scientists. In theory, this could allow China to make truly outstanding progress in science and research, complementing the nation's economic success. In reality, however, rampant problems in research funding—some attributable to the system and others cultural—are slowing down China's potential pace of innovation.