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Biotech in China

Innovation, Politics, and Economics

by Rolf Schmid and Xin Xiong

Using a unique combination of Western and Chinese sources of information, the authors succeed in painting an impressive picture of China’s rise to become a major scientific and technological power in the field of life sciences. A clear reading recommendation for scientists and research managers with projects in China, to get acquainted with this fast-moving country. As Napoleon said more than 200 years ago, ‘when China awakes, the whole world will tremble!'

Prof. Emer. Pierre F. Monsan, INSA Toulouse, France
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814877534
  • Subject: Economic Development
  • Published: July 2021
  • Pages: 344

In her quest for global leadership in science and technology, the People’s Republic of China has attained top ranks in the number of scientific publications, “hot papers,” or national and international patent applications. However, analysis of the underlying structures and mechanisms is hindered by the sheer flood of data, stringent government control of all media, and ambiguities inherent in translation from Chinese. This book overcomes these difficulties and provides a concise picture of biotechnology-related research and development in China. It begins with brief accounts of China’s geography, people, political and administrational structure, economy, finance, infrastructure related to science and technology, and educational system. It presents succinct accounts on structures and developments in biomedicine, diagnostics, agriculture, fermented food, bioindustry, and environmental biotechnology, with reference to government, industry, and academia. Finally, it predicts the next steps in Chinese biotechnology for the national agenda and, in view of China’s ambitious global development strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative.