China's gates open for overseas talents

Updated: 2012-02-16 20:16


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BEIJING - Overseas talents, especially those of high caliber, are welcome to do research or start enterprises in China, so as to tap opportunities from development of the world's No 2 economy, according to a senior personnel official.

Li Yuanchao, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks Wednesday while meeting Ho-Kwang Mao, a staff scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, according to an official statement Xinhua received Thursday.

Building an innovation-oriented country will remain a key goal for China's future development, while talent will serve as the premier resource for scientific innovation and national development, said Li, who is also head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee.

Expressing hope that more overseas elite professionals, including those with Chinese origins, will come to work in China, Li said the country will further improve services to facilitate their research and entrepreneurial moves.

Mao, 71, is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and has an international reputation through his work in static high-pressure science.

Distinguished for his extraordinary creative impact on high-pressure physics, chemistry, materials, Earth and planetary sciences, he is responsible for major technical breakthroughs and facility developments.

Since China initiated its reform and opening-up drive some three decades ago, Mao has made frequent tours to China, giving academic lectures, serving as honorary professor at local universities and offering research cooperation in his field.