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China will leave western countries in the dust simply because the government is powerful enough and foresighted enough to invest in long term infrastructure in the energy, transport and IT sectors in particular. Watch how the the worlds biggest corporations will all want to have their HQs in a Chinese city within the next 10 years.
Apr 18, 2015 18:00 Report Abuse
Oh, are you talking about the same corporations that are now sending their staff back home, packing up and moving out of China? If the West was also playing the protectionist game China wouldn't stand a chance, of course when China does it and the West keeps its doors wide open it's not a fair game, too bad for China, Europe is now heading toward nationalism, the US will follow, enjoy the free market while it lasts.
Apr 19, 2015 12:34 Report Abuse
The real reason is that China offers nothing that millennials and Gen X'ers value or desire. Example, fast, secure and unrestricted internet -no. Access to the latest technology at great prices- no. Ease of travel in and out of the country - no. Fair and transparent rules and government - no. Freedom of expression -no. Clean air and public spaces - no. A civilised society with social values comparable to back home - no. The list could go on. Sorry China, you will never attract young, talented westerners for any longer than a year or two because life here involves far too many compromises.
Apr 14, 2015 08:37 Report Abuse
I agree. Funny how they always fail to mention these facts like they don't exist. Ignorance is best solution in China. Another HUGE issue, is that China does not allow citizenship. And even if you COULD get it, you have to denounce your own citizenship. It just seems wrong for a country that is suppose to be emerging as a world superpower. Chinese think that if they are rich, they will be respected and treated with admiration. Unfortunately, they don't realize that people are truly recognized for their innovation and creativity.
Apr 14, 2015 11:52 Report Abuse
Excellent comment! Bang on... Add that it is very difficult to build anything due to the impermanence of life here. Even if you can stick the negatives of daily life there is very little reward for doing so. When your usefulness is gone, so are you. Build a business, raise a family, buy a property, all built on shifting sands and the rug could be pulled out from under you at any minute....Where do I sign up?
Apr 15, 2015 05:09 Report Abuse
QQ's topics are getting dumber by the years. Ma Huateng must have hit a very nice deal with the current leadership. Another feel good article that contradicts itself right from the first point. Also, increased numbers of foreigners? Okay, where are the statistics?
Apr 14, 2015 07:51 Report Abuse
This is a really amateurish article for a bunch of reasons. Foremost is that the topic is supposed to be China can't attract foreign professionals, which implies that there is a strong demand for them which is unmet due to unfavorable circumstances. In practice though the article is more about how there ISNT demand for foreign professionals. What I take away from this is that companies don't consider foreign talent enough of a priority to pay for it, and that Chinese foreign students fill the need in local firms. Foreigners that do come here looking for professional work end up teaching english...but even that's a stupid point. If they end up teaching english than they weren't motivated to be professionals in the first place. The example they give of a fresh engineering grad from UVM who ended up teaching is a ridiculous example. Obviously that guy didn't really care about being an engineer or he would have moved on when he couldn't find a job. I'm sure there are lots of stories like that but it's not an example that supports the topic. The only example which is somewhat related is the Nokia SVP, but even that's more an issue of talent retention than talent attraction. This reads like something from a high school english class.
Apr 16, 2015 10:40 Report Abuse