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Overseas Chinese meet in Jinan to discuss development
english.jinan.gov.cn2019-11-06

The eighth annual meeting of the Western Returned Scholars Association (or Overseas-Educated Scholars Association of China) is held in Jinan, Shandong province on Nov 5. [Photo/Jinan Daily]

The eighth annual meeting of the Western Returned Scholars Association (or Overseas-Educated Scholars Association of China) was held in Jinan, Shandong province on Nov 5.

Nearly 1,000 overseas Chinese students, scholars and entrepreneurs attended the meeting to discuss how to help build Jinan into a modern international metropolis.

Encouraged by the Chinese government, more and more overseas Chinese students are choosing to return home for work, with the number reaching nearly 520,000 last year.

Pan Jianwei, a world-famous Chinese scientist who studied quantum technology in Austria, returned and established a quantum technology research institute in Jinan in 2011, which helped build a strong quantum technology industrial chain in the city.

In addition to Pan, many other overseas Chinese have contributed to the city's technological innovation.

"I'm from Shandong, and I feel a sense of belonging when I'm here," said Chen Shoushuang, general manager of Tencent in charge of regional public affairs. Chen added that they will try their best to promote the industrial transformation of the city.

Jinan has an area of more than 10,000 square kilometers and a population of over 10 million.

It is an important transportation hub in China, with more than 300 high-speed train trips connecting the city to 254 domestic cities every day, and 204 airlines connecting it with 110 cities around the world.

Jinan also boasts abundant educational, medical and financial resources, with 55 schools of higher education, 7,344 medical institutions and nearly 800 financial institutions.

The city's two pillar industries - information technology and intelligent manufacturing & high-end equipment - now have annual revenues of more than 300 billion yuan ($42.87 billion).

"We've cooperated with Jinan many times. It has great development potential. We look forward to establishing platforms with the city to attract more high-profile talents to start businesses here," said Tao Qinghua, vice chairman of the Western Returned Scholars Association Beijing Branch.

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