China Isn't Going To Pass The US In Science Any Time Soon
China keeps putting more money toward its science budget, but it still has a long way to go before it threatens the U.S.' science dominance.By Steven Sparkman | January 7, 2016
China is positioned to overtake the U.S. as the world's science leader — but it has to solve a few problems first.
A decade ago, China's then-president Hu Jintao laid out a plan to turn the country into a scientific heavyweight by 2020. The plan called for huge investments in science and technology. (Video via CCTV)
Since then, we've seen China spend a higher and higher percentage of its GDP on research and development while the U.S. has kept its levels fairly steady. Which means we've been hearing a lot of this: