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China ‘set to overtake US as UK’s largest R&D partner’

China and UK collaborated on 16,267 research papers in 2019—up from 750 in 2000

China’s influence on UK research has grown ten-fold in the past 20 years, according to a new study led by former universities minister Jo Johnson, who says the nation is set to overtake the US to become the UK’s most significant research partner.

In 2019 China and the UK collaborated on 16,267 research papers, up from around 750 in 2000. This amounts around 11 per cent of the UK’s total research output comprising Chinese authors, up from 1 per cent 20 years ago.

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