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China passes US to top output of influential science papers

Academic strength could help further increase nation's industrial dominance

China is the leading source of natural science papers in five of the eight disciplines surveyed by Japan's National Institute of Science and Technology Policy.

TOKYO -- China has become No. 1 in the output of highly cited natural science papers, a development that could make the country even stronger in terms of industrial competitiveness.

Japan's National Institute of Science and Technology Policy counted the number of academic papers that are ranked among the top 10% in terms of citations and found that China has overtaken the U.S. and become No. 1. 

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