China’s Newest Import: Foreign Experts

China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) announced Thursday that it will implement programs in four designated industries to lure foreign experts over the next five years. From Xinhua News:

The four fields include agriculture, manufacture, the service industry and software and integrated circuits, according to the SAFEA.

The SAFEA said that China plans to attract 2,000 highly skilled foreign experts in manufacturing to boost newly emerged industries such as energy conservation, high-end equipment production, new energy and new material.

Also, 1,000 experts with management experience will be hired in the service industry to train more people in finance, insurance, security and comprehensive transportation.

In the field of software and integrated circuits, China will launch five international training bases to import high-caliber foreign experts and teams to further global cooperation.

Premier Wen Jiabao welcomed a group of foreign experts to the Great Hall of the People earlier this month, where they received the annual government “Friendship Award” for their contributions to China’s economic progress.