In "China 'to Overtake US on Science' in Two Years," BBC News highlights yet another area where our Asian rival is proving its mettle as a superpower-in-waiting.
China is on course to overtake the US in scientific output possibly as soon as 2013 - far earlier than expected.
That is the conclusion of a major new study by the Royal Society, the UK's national science academy.
The country that invented the compass, gunpowder, paper and printing is set for a globally important comeback.
An analysis of published research - one of the key measures of scientific effort - reveals an "especially striking" rise by Chinese science.
The study, Knowledge, Networks and Nations, charts the challenge to the traditional dominance of the United States, Europe and Japan.
The figures are based on the papers published in recognised international journals listed by the Scopus service of the publishers Elsevier.
A few more reports like this one and we may have to substitute "moving ahead" for "catching up" when we talk about China's standing relative to the U.S.