Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Asian century?

Will the U.S. still be the world's dominant economy in two decade's time?

I'd put my money on China, a land of surging energy, intelligence, and innovation, in spite of its retrogressive political system.

Chinese scientists have always done first-rate work as expatriates. Now the number of homegrown papers published in international journals is soaring -- a 20-fold increase in 20 years.

In a recent issue of Science, Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science decries "a counterproductive overlay of politics, ideology, and religious conviction on the U.S. climate for science."