17 November 1995
Vol 270, Issue 5239

About The Cover

This view of China, compiled from hundreds of images from satellites controlled by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, reveals the country's geographic prominence in Asia. Beginning on page 1131, News stories and Policy Forums explore the Chinese government's attempt at scientific prominence-including a growing investment in research and efforts to lure young talent back home and increase international ties--as well as the remaining obstacles to progress. [Photo: WorldSat International, Canada]