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China’s Emergence as a Science and Technology Power and the Politics of Chinese-Japanese Cooperation

Kobayashi Tetsu writes in Japan Focus:

With more than two decades of market reforms under its belt, China has transformed into a trading powerhouse and the world’s “factory.” It is also making its presence felt in the worlds of science and technology.

China’s expenditure, in terms of purchasing power parity, along with its army of researchers, has already surpassed Japan’s.

In some fields, China is now the leading authority. And that has caused some concern in Europe and the United States.

As part of its industrialization, China has been pouring money and human resources into basic scientific research for technological advancement.

Japan, meantime, continues to grapple with how to define its new relationship with the increasingly technology-savvy country.

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