NY Times: For many years, China's best and brightest in high-technology have come to the United States to work, but now some companies are moving their facilities to China instead. Companies like Applied Materials, General Motors, Intel, and others have recently opened Chinese research facilities in order to be closer to their markets and to develop closer relationships with Chinese universities.
The Times reports, "When Xie Lina, a 26-year-old Applied Materials engineer here, was asked recently whether China would play a big role in clean energy in the future, she was surprised by the question. 'Most of the graduate students in China are chasing this area,' she said. 'Of course, China will lead everything.'"