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A while ago I was publishing a chart indicating that China is the most visible country in the Espacenet database concerning nano-related patents. According to an article from The Guardian (26/03/2009) entitled “China’s giant step into nanotechnology” (also mentionned here), China is truly becoming a nanotechnology megapower. Here is a selection of excerpts from the article :

” (…) China’s sweeping nanotech programme (…) has the potential to transform its export-based economy and nearly every aspect of our lives, from food and clothes to medicine and the military.(…) China now produces more papers on nanotech than any other nation. (…) “There’s a lot of concern about the use of nanotech with weapons,” says Wilsdon. “I’m sure China is spending significant amounts of their R&D budget on military uses.” (…) Most experts agree that a system of stringent safety regulations and comprehensive quality inspection checks is needed before China’s nano-coatings, cosmetics and clothes are stocked by supermarkets. “The economic crisis could prove the catalyst that Chinese nanotech companies need to get this system in place,” says Harper.(…) The US may still lead the nano surge overall, but Harper believes China will be on a par with the EU and US by 2012. (…) “


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