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China takes new steps to lure science talent from abroad

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Science  08 Jun 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6393, pp. 1053-1054
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6393.1053

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  • Weihai is one of special economic zones selected by Xi Jinping
    • Yoshiyasu Takefuji, Professor, Keio University
    • Other Contributors:
      • Luo Yin, CEO/consultant, Citrus Grace Co., Ltd

    Dennis Normile wrote an article entitled “China takes new steps to lure science talent from abroad”(1). Weihai is a new special economic zone selected by Xi Jinping in order to serve as window on reform, opening-up. Weihai is a commercial port and major fishing center with high technology industries. In Weihai, 18 million dollars per year is allocated to lure foreign scientists/experts in the following areas including state of the art in information technology, new medicine and medical instruments, artificial intelligence, composite materials such as carbon fiber, marine bio and health food, fashion and leisure, health care/tourism services from July 1 2018 to June 30 2020 (2). And the budget is set for attracting international students in Weihai. Foreign scientists/experts levels are classified into A class (>= 85 points), B class (>= 60 points), and C class respectively (3).

    References:
    1. Dennis Normile, China takes new steps to lure science talent from abroad, Science 08 Jun 2018: Vol. 360, Issue 6393, pp. 1053-1054
    2. Communicating with officials in Weihai
    3. https://www.jetro.go.jp/biznews/2017/05/2b5e6cadab7042fc.html

    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • RE: intermittent access to gmail/Google in the Central Kingdom
    • Misha Koksharov, Enzymologist, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation

    "Restricted access to internet sites such as Google is also a hurdle."

    To those who have a "gmail.com" address and suffer from irregular access, I highly recommend to set up an additional "yandex.com" e-mail which is never blocked and has all the same perks - which is what I did during my past postdoc in China. (Yandex is a Russian analog of Google - in almost all respects - having a full English interface/support)

    Competing Interests: None declared.