Hong Kong has been a key research centre for Beijing since it returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997, but its scientists have faced difficulties obtaining grants. Image: SCMP Graphics

Will Xi Jinping’s promise of Chinese state support for Hong Kong scientists spur innovation, or stifle it?

Researchers show palpable excitement about the new possibilities open to them, but others fear for academic freedom

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Hong Kong has been a key research centre for Beijing since it returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997, but its scientists have faced difficulties obtaining grants. Image: SCMP Graphics
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