NYTimes and The Economist have now joined a long line of news outlets shining a harsh spotlight on too many Chinese academics and researchers straying from the straight path. That some of these outlets are Chinese gives us the impression that this is a real problem, and not something cooked up by shrill westerners who are too jealous / scared of China's ascent in science.
Here's a partial list of stuff that I have seen in the past year or so:
October 2010: NYTimes: Rampant Fraud Threat to China’s Brisk Ascent.
October 2010: The Economist: Scientists behaving badly; Recent events show China needs to clean up its scientific act.
June 2010: China Daily: Academic corruption undermining higher education: Yau Shing-tung.
April 2010: University World News: CHINA: Universities fail to tackle plagiarism.
April 2010: Boston Globe: In China, academic cheating is rampant; Some say practice harmful to nation.
March 2010: University World News: CHINA: Professor sacked for academic plagiarism
July 2009: China View: Nearly half of China's science workers think academic cheating is "common".