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After launching its national strategy to promote nanotechnology development in 2001, China has devoted an increasing amount of R&D investment from government and industry to the field, produced a soaring number of scientific publications, established several new specialized institutions, and expanded its postgraduate programs in related subjects. The hope that China can pass through a window of opportunity to catch up and become a leading nation in nanotechnology has never been higher. However, an evaluation of the Chinese performance according to targets set in the national strategy suggests that China has lagged behind most advanced countries in terms of the impact (citations) of its scientific research.
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