In DepthForeign Influence

Chinese ties don't faze European funders

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Science  13 Sep 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6458, pp. 1068-1069
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6458.1068

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U.S. government officials see such foreign talent recruitment programs as part of a concerted Chinese effort to steal the fruits of federally funded research, and some universities have even dismissed researchers for inappropriate foreign ties. But government funding agencies in Europe and the United Kingdom harbor fewer suspicions about grantees who maintain robust ties with China. With smaller domestic research enterprises, they have long viewed foreign collaboration as a plus. Such foreign connections might even give grant applicants a competitive edge.

  • * With reporting by Tania Rabesandratana, Erik Stokstad, and Gretchen Vogel.

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