China to lead in innovation

LONDON – China is set to become the world’s most important center for innovation by 2020, according to a public opinion survey published today.

China is already the world’s second-largest economy; now it wants to move up the value chain by leading in invention.

Today, the United States ranks as the world’s most innovative country, with 30 percent of people surveyed taking that view, followed by Japan at 25 percent and China at
14 percent.

Fast-forward 10 years and 27 percent of people think China will be top, followed by India with 17 percent, the United States at 14 percent and Japan with 12 percent, according to the survey of 6,000 people in six countries by drugmaker AstraZeneca. 


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