The truth behind China’s ‘world-leading’ scientific research

Country’s rapid rise in number of cited studies threatens to ‘shift the global balance of power’

Lab technicians test for Covid-19 in Wuhan in 2021
Chinese researchers have become prolific publishers of scientific papers
(Image credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images)

China has for the first time become the world’s leading producer of high-quality scientific research, according to a Japanese study.

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