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US dominance of global science ending, NSF indicates

China is gaining fast in areas it has not already caught up, annual report flags

The United States’ reign as top dog in global R&D may soon be over, the National Science Foundation has indicated in the 2020 edition of its annual report The State of US Science and Engineering.

“Increasingly, the United States is seen globally as an important leader rather than the uncontested leader,” authors Beethika Khan, Carol Robbins and Abigail Okrent of the NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics wrote in the report, which was published on 15 January.

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