Earlier this week, a top Chinese researcher resigned when it was revealed that he had faked research, and that a breakthrough chip of his was a fraud. This coincides with the results of a new study showing rampant research fraud among the ranks of China's top academics. A government study, which looked at 180 PhD candidates, found that 60% had engaged in some form of plagiarism or bribery. This isn't the first time there have been warnings of this nature. All of this casts some doubt on the idea that the US is falling dangerously behind academically, and that we can't keep up with the vast number of engineers that the China churns out every year. It also suggests that companies may regret poorly thought out development of new global R&D centers, just as other forms of outsourcing have proved costly. This is not to say that companies shouldn't go global to find talent, or that the gains in science and technology in China haven't been staggering, but the hype should be tempered with reality, and at the moment the Chinese academic system has some problems to work out.
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