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China's research papers lead the world in cutting-edge tech

Nikkei and Elsevier place the country atop 75% of the most important fields

China leads the world in research on perovskites, a next-generation solar cell material.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China dominates a global ranking of the most-cited research papers published in the 30 hottest technology fields, a development likely to alarm American leadership already leery of its rising Asian rival.

Though the U.S. accounted for 3.9 million research papers overall compared with 2.9 million from China, the Asian country produced the largest share in 23 of the 30 fields that drew the most interest, while America took the crown for the remaining seven.

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