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High-Priced Recruiting of Talent Abroad Raises Hackles

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Science  18 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6019, pp. 834-835
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6019.834

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How much would it take to get you to relocate to China? Would 150 million yuan ($23 million) do the trick? If so, pack your bags—if you are a Nobel laureate, that is. Science has learned that the Chinese government will soon announce a new initiative to lure up to 10 winners of prestigious international science prizes to China each year by offering what may be the heftiest reward ever paid to individual researchers. Some prizewinners may be salivating, but at least one prominent Chinese-American scientist aware of the new program blasts it as a massive waste of resources.