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Chinese Talent Program Tracker

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The Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) has done some great work unravelling the international system that the PRC is using to acquire talent and technology.  We highly recommend reading their reports, and better understanding this dimension of the strategic competition.  

The Chinese Talent Program Tracker is a catalogue of Chinese Party-State-sponsored initiatives aimed at cultivating China’s domestic talent pool in support of China's strategic civilian and military goals. Viewed by Beijing as vital to Chinese economic and social development, talent programs aim to recruit everyone from experts to students of both Chinese and non-Chinese citizenship to fill positions across government, industry, defense, and academia to drive the innovation and growth of the Chinese economy.

The information in this catalogue, as described in Chinese documents, resulted from analysis of primary Chinese sources publicly available on PRC ministry and government websites, state-owned media sources, and Chinese university websites. It is not meant to provide a comprehensive assessment of individual talent programs. Rather, it aims to make this information more accessible to the general public so they can have a better understanding of the depth and breadth of China’s talent initiatives.

This version of the catalogue includes national-level talent programs. Further iterations will include provincial, municipal, and sub-municipal-level programs. 


A policy research organization within Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, CSET produces data-driven research at the intersection of security and technology, providing nonpartisan analysis to the policy community.