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China's Emerging Technological Edge: Assessing the Role of High-End Talent Paperback – April 20, 2009
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'Several decades have passed since researchers and analysts could find a comprehensive document on Chinese pools of scientists, engineers and students. Simon and Cao have given us deep and profound insights on China's emerging technological edge in a multidimensional perspective.' Jon Sigurdson, Stockholm School of Economics
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Simon and Cao have perfomed a much needed service in compiling a defensible database and providing a comprehensive analysis of Chinese data on their human resources in scientific and technology (HRST). While their findings are much more nuanced than those in the RAGS report, they confirm that its general picture was true. Chinese HRST is growing rapidly in quantity and quality, contributing to a challenge to Western science leadership generally. While rapid growth has its problems, as the authors show, huge investments in science education are paying quick dividends to China's efforts to become an S&T superpower. Unlike the West, there is no shortage in China of well-qualified students who want to train for science careers; with a population of 1.3 billion, China has more smart people than the US has people.
Of course, the book's focus on HRST prevents detailed coverage of other factors contributing to China's sharp advance in S&T. Your reviewer believes that huge and rapidly increasing direct investments in R&D are even more important.