China has perhaps not been working hard enough to attract science and technology talent from India to work in the country. Over the past few years, China witnessed an unprecedented boom in tech jobs as the country became an attractive destination for foreign research and development centers. However, now some high-tech firms are turning their attention from China to India due to the latter's relatively low labor costs. Attracting high-tech talent from India could be one of China's options for maintaining its innovation ability.
US-based software firm CA Technologies has disbanded its almost 300-person research and development team in China while setting up a team in India with some 2,000 scientific and technical professionals over the past few years, Chinese news portal caijing.com reported recently. With a sufficient young talent pool, India is becoming increasingly attractive.
China cannot afford to risk a decline in its attractiveness for high-tech investors. The nation is among the third echelon in cutting-edge technology fields and is working to catch up with the US and the result of its efforts will decide whether China will maintain its status as an emerging global economic power.
China has carried out a lot of measures, including increasing research spending and creating a favorable investment environment for high-tech firms, to enhance its innovation capability. However, one issue has become increasingly prominent: The talent pool in China is not large and flexible enough to meet demand for the rapid expansion of innovation capability.
In Silicon Valley, a considerable number of software developers working there are born outside the US. China should also strive to attract more foreign talent into the country as it aims to build itself into a world-class research hub.
A total of 1,576 foreigners were granted Chinese permanent residence in 2016, registering an increase of 163 percent from the previous year. It seems that China is aware of the importance of tapping into international talent. However, China has made the mistake of ignoring Indian talent, and instead has attached a greater importance to talent coming from the US and Europe.
Some reports claim that the cost of employing an Indian engineer is just half the cost of hiring a Chinese worker, which means Indians could see their revenue more than double if they came to work in China. Some enterprises in Southwest China's Guizhou Province provide convenience for Indian talent in terms of housing, insurance and transportation and could enjoy a much better standard of living in Guizhou cities than in Bangalore.
The author is a reporter with the Global Times. email@example.com