Over 90, 000 foreigners working in China

There has been a sustained increase of foreign management and technical talents working in China. As China fulfills its commitments on joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), it will need more and more foreign senior talents. This is learned at a national symposium on the management of the foreigners' employment held in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province on December 11.

According to official with China's Ministry of Labor and Social Security, now there are over 90, 000 foreigners working in China, mainly from Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Singapore, the United States and the European countries. They are senior technical personnel, senior managers or ordinary managers, chief representatives and representatives. Over 70 percent of them are working in foreign-funded enterprises and about 10 percent in foreign enterprises' agencies in China.

Their jobs are generally in accordance with the directions of foreign investments, thus playing an active role in China's using foreign investment and importing foreign advanced management and techniques.

In terms of local distribution, Shanghai, which has the most foreigner employers. 15, 000 employment licenses have been granted this year, 30 percent up from last year. Through November 30, 2004, 3, 248 foreigners have received the license, a year-on-year increase of 29 percent. There are over 6, 000 foreign employers working and living in Shenzhen for long. Cities such as Guangzhou (south China's Guangdong Province) and Qingdao (in east China's Shandong Province) and provinces such as Liaoning and Zhejiang also have relatively large number of foreign employers.

By People's Daily Online

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