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U.S. suspicions rankle Chinese scientists

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Science  02 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6452, pp. 415
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6452.415

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China's scientific community is both bewildered and alarmed by growing anti-Chinese sentiment in the United States. Researchers reject claims of a vast conspiracy engaged in systematic theft of U.S. intellectual property. But they worry the accompanying visa restrictions on students and visiting researchers, scrutiny of exports of scientific equipments, and U.S. investigations of Chinese and Chinese American scientists are now hindering cooperation in even such basic fields as astronomy, particle physics, and public health. Many scholars believe the U.S. suspicions are based on the outdated belief that scientific knowledge and expertise flows one way—from the United States to China—when, in fact, both sides benefit from cooperation. They worry U.S. restrictions will not only affect research programs in the two countries, but could impede global scientific progress as well.

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