‘Fear everywhere’: China’s scientists braced as ministry takes over funding body

Chinese researchers are bracing for what will be the biggest change to how they are funded by the government in more than three decades.
“There’s fear everywhere,” Yang Jinbo, a professor with the physics department at Peking University, said on Tuesday after the announcement.
As he spoke, his phone buzzed constantly with a stream of new messages on WeChat, mostly from other researchers concerned about what the move would mean for them.
Hours earlier, a sweeping plan to shake…

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