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Presentations by Elizabeth DiGangi, SUNY Binghamton; Annette Lee, St. Cloud State University; and Fatimah Jackson, Howard University at Indiana University on April 1, 2019.

An ambitious set of ideas for using scientific cooperation among Asia-Pacific nations to strengthen research and innovation throughout the region emerged from a day-long meeting of leaders convened by AAAS.

The region—including nations as diverse as China, India, Japan, Australia, Mexico, and Canada—is already a science and technology powerhouse. But the AAAS roundtable, involving more than 30 leaders from the region, yielded nearly two dozen possible steps that could be taken by governments, universities, funding agencies, and businesses to strengthen cooperation.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA—China has an ancient scientific culture and its ethical values date 2500 years to Confucius, while the United States has been a leader in shaping research ethics over the past 30 years. But when scholars and educators from the two nations met recently, they quickly found common ground: A range of problems—from a lack of understanding to fierce competition and fear of failure—are contributing to chronic high rates of unethical research conduct.