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China passes US as world's top researcher, showing its R&D might

Rise fueled by heavy spending and growing number of researchers

Researchers at Tsinghua Unigroup's research center in Beijing. China spent $554 billion on research and development in 2018, putting it second behind the U.S.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China has outstripped the U.S. in putting out research papers in the natural sciences, data released Friday shows, further illustrating its emerging dominance in scientific investigation.

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