China Drawing High-Tech Research From U.S.

The New York Times reports on some of America’s top engineers who are moving to China:

Companies — and their engineers — are being drawn here more and more as China develops a economy that increasingly competes directly with the United States.

A few American companies are even making deals with Chinese companies to license Chinese technology.

The Chinese market is surging for electricity, cars and much more, and companies are concluding that their researchers need to be close to factories and consumers alike. Applied Materials set up its latest solar research labs here after estimating that China would be producing two-thirds of the world’s solar panels by the end of this year.

“We’re obviously not giving up on the U.S.,” Mr. Pinto said. “China needs more electricity. It’s as simple as that.”

March 17, 2010, 2:26 PM
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