China is continuing to increase its research outputs and its R&D spending faster than other nations, a report from the US National Science Foundation has said.
The findings were published on 19 January in the NFS’s report Science and Engineering Indicators 2016, which reports on trends in science and engineering research, workforce development, education and market economics.
The report says that the United States and China jointly accounted for nearly half of the 2013 global R&D spend of $1.67 trillion. The next two biggest R&D spenders were Japan, accounting for 10 per cent of this figure, and Germany, accounting for 6 per cent. This was followed by the United Kingdom, South Korea, France, Russia and India, which each accounted for between 2 and 4 per cent of the global R&D total.