This is a terribly interesting letter in this week's C&EN from Stanford emeritus professor James Collman:
Congratulations on the interesting article “China Homecoming” (C&EN, June 10, page 34). There is, however, one important issue not mentioned that would complete this analysis of Chinese chemists returning to take academic positions in China. Although research grants are relatively easy to obtain there, large grants require an illegal kickback, paid in cash, to some official who controls the expenditure. This problem is widely known but seldom discussed.
James P. CollmanI am not so naive to believe that this doesn't exist in China; that said, I wonder how widespread the problem is? I suppose we'll never know.