China is experiencing “the world’s worst brain drain”.
Eighty-seven percent of the mainland’s top specialists in science and engineering who went abroad for work or study have no plans to return, the paper quoted an unnamed official with the Party’s coordination group on specialists as saying.
The group consists of 20 Party and government agencies, including the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee, which oversees human resources.
China Daily interview requests with the organization department went unanswered.
Although independent experts and statistics do not confirm the severity of the brain drain, there is little doubt it exists.
Wang Huiyao, director-general of the Center for China and Globalization, a Beijing-based think tank, said since the reform and opening-up policy of the late 1970s, 2.6 million Chinese students have studied overseas, of which about half went to the United States.
The US is also the No 1 destination for many Chinese students, he said, with more than 190,000 on campuses last year.
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