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Ning Yan, one of China’s leading research talents in the life sciences, has decided to leave Tsinghua University,where she has worked for more than a decade, to take up a professorship at Princeton University this autumn. Yan began her academic career with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tsinghua University, graduating in 2000. She returned to China in 2007 after completing her post-doctoral research in Princeton. In 2007, she received a teaching offer from Tsinghua University and became one of the school’s youngest professors. During her time at Tsinghua, Yan led a research team that made groundbreaking discoveries about the physical structure of a protein related to several diseases, including cancer and diabetes. In 2014, her team became the world’s first to discover the physical structure of a protein related to a wide range of diseases including cancer and diabetes.

But that same year, she posted on her personal blog a detailed account of how the government-run National Natural Science Foundation had rejected her team’s grant application, criticising fund management officials for their reluctant to support high-risk research.

“Aren’t key research funds supposed to support risky but important research? Or are they only to support projects with predictable results and guaranteed success? Is that the way for innovation?” Yan wrote then.

She updated her blog post a year later to say that her project had again failed to secure an interview with the funding agency.

On the social media platform Weibo, many internet users linked Yan’s departure with her unpleasant experience with fund management officials. One commenter wrote (in Chinese), “Whether or not you can get research funding in China all depends on connections. Those who are doing real stuff don’t necessarily get money for their research.” However, other netizens blamed Yan for placing self-interest above the country. “Those who are unwilling to make contributions to their home countries can’t call themselves scientists,” another commenter stated.

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In an interview with Guangming Daily, Yan insisted that the principal reason for her move was the desire for a new environment.
“I was afraid of being in an environment for too long, which would make me ignorant without even knowing it,” said Yan. “I took Princeton’s job offer back in 2015.”

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Yan was honored as "Young Investigator Award" by Protein Society in 2015. /Baidu Photo

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She would like to have a much faster internet access

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Her case exemplifies what is wrong with the Comrades' deciding everything in China - from how many babies a couple can have to what to believe in. China is run by selfl-oving autocrats that are afraid ordinary citizens might start to think outside the nationalist box and question what is right and what is not. Her applications for research grants were turned down repeatedly b  and Ning Yan believes that her research objectives did not promise bi profits. China's autocrats thwart national progress because they are narrow-mindedly focused on objectives that pay off immediately. Hard-nosed nationalists never give their country a chance to make a positive impression on the world.

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Scientists should work for science and development of humanity, not for any countries.

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