With Tech In­no­va­tion in Mind, China is Say­ing ‘Na­maste’ to In­dian Skills

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Di­pan­janRoy.Chaud­hury @times­group.com

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

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