Hangzhou International Human Resources Conference, Westlake Dialogue – HangzhouGaston Chee was also among the speakers at the West Lake Dialogue, a flagship international forum on global talent organised by the Hangzhou Municipal Government and Center for China and Globalization (CCG). The West Lake dialogue serves as a platform for exchange and mutual learning on talent-led development, drawing on the diverse global perspective and insights from around the world. The forum was held at the former G20 venue in the city of Hangzhou, which is a testament to the city’s importance and rise as a base of global talent. The dialogue brought together representatives of the Hangzhou municipal government, a Head of UN international cooperation and sustainable development H.E Siddharth Chatterjee, former undersecretary of State at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Dr Huiyao Wang, the Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a counsellor to China State Council and the IEC Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) chairman and many fellow representative young leaders from the GLYD network. During the panel discussion, the speakers shared their insights with representatives from international organizations in China, multinational corporations, chambers of commerce and scholars. They were also joined by overseas returnees and foreign professionals attending the conference. Speaking at one of the Dialogue’s sub-forums on Building a Global City for Talent Acquisition, Gaston was joined by an excellent line-up of speakers that featured Mike Liu, a senior tech executive at DXC Technology and Infosys in Greater China, Martin Muller the Chairman of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce in China and Jeff Astle, the Managing Director of APCO and the former Managing Director of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC). Also joining the panel was Li Lingwei, the Chinese badminton world champion and the first female to simultaneously hold the gold medals in world championships, British championships and world series Grandprix. Gaston spoke about China’s priority and commitment to attracting and retaining global talent. He mentioned how under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, the government has been stressing the need for officials at all levels to improve the country’s ability to attract foreign professionals to work in China.
This was key to the country’s technological self-reliance and national rejuvenation. Gaston referred to the increase of Chinese multinationals investing tremendously in R&D and while Chinese policymakers have already started to promote a more global mindset and initiatives advancing entrepreneurship and innovation. Gaston CheeThe recent years, we have witnessed an escalation of protectionism and practices that undermine the good global movement, seriously undercutting global advances in the area but contrasted how China is taking up a leading role in global leadership towards sustainable development of global talent cities like Hangzhou, a city that is sitting at the apex of global tech innovation. Gaston also highlighted China’s excellent and streamlined visa services and the relaxing of the PR program to become increasingly accessible to foreigners is congruent with this.