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Science in China

Chinese science has been moving at breakneck speed for the past few decades, fuelled by vast infusions of cash and a rapidly growing technical workforce. It now boasts more researchers than the United States, outspends the European Union in research and development and is on track to best all other nations in its yearly production of scientific papers. But there have been bumps along the way. Chinese research has generally had low impact and there have been persistent concerns about quality, which the country is trying to address.

This special issue looks at the state of science in China today and the challenges it faces in the future.


To boost its research quality and innovation, China must strengthen its scientific foundations and let researchers — not policymakers — set the agenda for innovation and discovery.

Editorial | | Nature


Research capacity has grown rapidly, and now quality is on the rise.

News Feature | | Nature

From ancient DNA to neutrinos and neuroscience, top researchers in China are making big impacts — and raising their country’s standing in science.

News Feature | | Nature


China has lessons for the world when it comes to overseeing ethically sensitive research in the life sciences, argue Douglas Sipp and Duanqing Pei.

Comment | | Nature