International collaboration and science in China: a Western perspective
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As China is making great strides in economic development and innovative capacity, it has become an increasingly important player in major international scientific projects. But its role largely depends on the areas of research and can vary greatly-from being mainly a supplier of raw data to having genuine intellectual input. Last year, a panel of Chinese scientists had a heated debate over how China can get the most out of international collaboration, what government’s role should be, and how Chinese scientists could go beyond the mainstream science (National Science Review 2014, 1: 318-21). In the second of a series of forums organized by NSR on the topic, its executive associate editor Mu-ming Poo discusses these issues with four leading scientists in Europe and the United States.