Policy ForumSCIENCE AND GOVERNMENT

Reforming China's S&T System

Science  02 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6145, pp. 460-462
DOI: 10.1126/science.1234206

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There is growing anxiety among Chinese political and scientific leaders that, despite more money, better-trained talent, and sophisticated equipment, the domestic innovation system is still underperforming (1). Chinese scientists have yet to produce breakthroughs worth a Nobel Prize. Research and business sectors have been disconnected for decades, with few research results turned into innovative technology and products. With few exceptions, Chinese enterprises depend on foreign sources for core technologies (2). We discuss interwoven roots of these problems at macro, meso, and micro levels of governance of the science and technology (S&T) system and the need for political will if they are to be overcome.

  • * Authors contributed equally to the work.