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VOA: Xi Jinping Wants to “Gather Talent from All over the World”

China’s Central Talent Work Conference was held in Beijing last week. At the meeting, Xi Jinping proposed that China should thoroughly implement the strategy of strengthening the country with talent in the new era. China should “train, introduce, and make good use of” talent in an all-round way, and accelerate the construction of an important talent center and innovation highland in the world. In addition, he also encouraged talent to be patriotic and expressed the need to insist on the (Communist) Party” managing the talent.”

Xi Jinping also mentioned that, by 2025, the construction of the main force of technological innovation will make important progress, the level of gathering of top scientists will be significantly improved, and there will be many with strategic scientific and technological talent in key core technology fields. By 2030, he hopes that there will be a group of leaders and pioneers in major technological fields and emerging frontiers. By 2035, he hopes that China’s strategic scientific and technological strength and high-level talent team will be among the best in the world.

In March this year, China issued the “Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development of the People’s Republic of China and Long-Term Goals for 2035.” The outline mentions the need to promote the optimization and upgrading of manufacturing industries and the strengthening of the country’s strategic scientific and technological capabilities. The outline reads: “Develop and implement strategic scientific plans and scientific engineering in basic core areas related to national security and overall development. Aiming at artificial intelligence, quantum information, integrated circuits, life and health, brain science, biological breeding, and aerospace technology, deep earth and deep ocean, and other frontier fields, implement a series of forward-looking and strategic national major scientific and technological projects.”

After the U.S. government’s review, the term “Thousand Talents Program” has now disappeared from the Chinese Internet, but the recruitment of talent continues to exist in many different forms. In 2019, the long-term innovative talent projects, short-term innovative talent projects, entrepreneurial talent projects, young talent projects, and overseas high-level talent projects under the “Thousand Talents Plan” were unified into the high-end foreign expert introduction program that the Ministry of Science and Technology of China initiated. This year, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China launched the 2021 national foreign expert project application work  and the China University of Mining and Technology and other institutions of higher learning have also issued notices that they will start the application of the 2021 national foreign expert project.

Source: Voice of America, October 6, 2021