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Recruiting From Abroad

With increasing investment in scientific research, China is attracting researchers from abroad, according to NPR's Morning Edition.

US researchers who have moved to China — some of whom are funded through its Thousand Talents Plan — tell NPR that it has worked well for them. "You really have a lot of freedom here, actually, to pursue your science," Jon Antilla, a chemist at Tianjin University, says. "The grant funding is easier to get, and that frees you up to think more."

Greg Herczeg, an astronomer at Peking University, adds that China has the world's largest radio telescope and plans to build additional telescopes. "I think this is a great place to build a career," he tells NPR. "It's given me an interesting platform — [lets] me work with interesting students."

However, NPR notes that there are a few downsides to living and working in China. Namely, it points out that free speech isn't the same as in the US and there are restrictions on the internet, and while English may be spoken on university campuses, it's not always spoken elsewhere.