With Tech Innovation in Mind, China is Saying ‘Namaste’ to Indian Skills
New Delhi: China is hoping to attract highly skilled Indian workers on the lines of the United States, as it strives to turn the country from a manufacturing hub into a centre of technological innovation. The move, which comes at a time when bilateral ties have hit a low amid China’s attempts to shield Pakistan-based internationally designated terrorists and block India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, could act as a confidence building measure, people familiar with the matter said.
In a recent article titled ‘China should hire Indian science, high-tech talent to maintain innovation ability’, state-run Global Times said China has perhaps not been working hard enough to attract science and techno- logy talent from India to work in the country. This could open up a new destination for highly skilled Indian workers at a time when they are facing potentially tougher visa rules in the US. “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 centres,” Hu Weijia, a staffer with the Global Times wrote. “However, now some high-tech firms are turning their attention from China to India due to the latter’s relatively low labour costs. Attracting hightech 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. India, with a sufficient young talent pool, is becoming increasingly attractive, the Global Times said.
While many Indians are based in the trading hubs of China the country has so far failed to attract Indian talent in high-tech sectors, its modernisation drive notwithstanding.
“There is a general impression in China that Indians are technically smart and have contributed to the US research and innovation driven industries. The Communist Party of China has set the objective of transforming China from a manufacturing hub to a place known for development of new-age technology,” said an official, who did not wish to be identified.
The move could act as a confidence building measure between the two nations