The world’s largest airport is now in China.14


In 2000 the number of foreign students studying the physical sciences and engineering in United States graduate schools for the first time surpassed the number of United States students.15


Federal funding of research in the physical sciences as a fraction of GDP fell by 54 percent in the 25 years after 1970. The decline in engineering funding was 51 percent.16


GE has now located the majority of its R&D personnel outside the United States.17


Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is now lower than when the first personal computer was built in 1975.18


In the 2009 rankings of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation the U.S. was in sixth place in global innovation-based competitiveness, but ranked 40th in the rate of change over the past decade.19


China has now replaced the United States as the world’s number one high-technology exporter.20


In 1998 China produced about 20,000 research articles, but by 2006 the output had reached 83,000 … overtaking Japan, Germany and the U.K.21


Eight of the ten global companies with the largest R&D budgets have established R&D facilities in China, India or both.22


During a recent period during which two high-rise buildings were constructed in Los Angeles, over 5,000 were built in Shanghai.23


In a survey of global firms planning to build new R&D facilities, 77 percent say they will build in China or India.24


China has a $196 billion positive trade balance. The United States’ balance is negative $379 billion.25


Sixty-nine percent of United States public school students in fifth through eighth grade are taught mathematics by a teacher without a degree or certificate in mathematics.26



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