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Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:04 AM

US society at risk as it decouples from China in science and tech

TOKYO -- The U.S. government is starting to exclude Chinese students and researchers, while the Chinese government is going its own way when it comes to developing science and technology, trends that academics say will hollow out the institutions America has come to rely on to maintain its global competitiveness.

Researchers from the hegemons are used to collaborating and in many cases have become interdependent, but the U.S.-China decoupling in scientific research puts American science and technology advances at risk.

"I thought studying in Japan would be better than in the U.S.," said Wang Yuchen, who is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo. Wang graduated from Peking University in 2016, having majored in physics. Accepted by Princeton University, he chose not to go.

The number of Chinese studying in the U.S. had been increasing until December 2017. As of January 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 368,800 Chinese students were enrolled in U.S. colleges, 2% fewer than a year earlier. One big reason is that the U.S. is issuing fewer visas to Chinese students.

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Data from the U.S. National Science Foundation shows that in 2018, 37% of the students who acquired science and technology doctorates were foreigners. Out of these, about 40%, the largest share, were Chinese.

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Mark Elliott, a Harvard University professor, warns that "if those [talented] people choose to go elsewhere, or to stay at home instead, American universities, which historically have always depended upon the ability to attract creative talent from all over the world to their campuses, will find it harder to maintain the strength of their academic enterprises.

"If the pipeline from the university to the startup to the boardroom should shrink, the American economy, American competitivity in the world market, and American society generally will suffer."

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Datawatch/US-society-at-risk-as-it-decouples-from-China-in-science-and-tech

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Sun Sep 20, 2020, 09:44 AM

1. Good for Japan, very very bad for the U.S.

This will really hurt the U.S. in every area of science and technology. People will think, “good, now my kid will have more chances to go to college” instead of thinking there won’t be enough Very knowledgeable people to teach advanced classes at americas thousands of colleges and universities.

One more way for Putin’s puppet to disable the power and strength of America.

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Sun Sep 20, 2020, 09:50 AM

2. We will become dumb land.

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