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To me, specifically, two countries are of great interest - China and the U. S. How do we - nanomaterials scientists/engineers/nanotechnologists and others - see the U. S.' and China's investment in the nanomaterials and nanotechnologies field? Should the U. S. be concerned about the Chinese nanotechnology spending? If yes, how much should it be concerned? What about India? Taiwan? South Korea? Singapore? European countries - Germany, the U. K., France, etc.? I feel that China and India are real threats to the U. S. dominance, because of their raw purchasing parity; i. e., $1 will go much further in China and India than in the U. S. Also, I strongly believe that nanotechnology is an amalgam of all the disciplines (engineering and life sciences). China and India graduate a significantly higher number of students in these disciplines than any other developed nation. Hence, these two countries are quite well-positioned to surpass the U. S. In my opinion, the U. S. should foster the nanotechnology industry just as it did (if not significantly better) manufacturing sector during WWII. The U. S. is already falling behind (despite almost a $1 billion in NNI spending). Let us hear your opinions. Good starter links for this blog could be: