Israelis flock to China's Silicon Valley
180 kilometers from Shanghai, with a 350-km/h high-speed train, endless expressways, a mass of cheap labor, determination, and most of all, money, the leaders of the industrial city of Hangzhou are trying to tempt Israeli industrialists who dream of the Chinese market. Infrastructures and workspace are already in place to take in the know-how and innovation coming from abroad to fill the immense body with spirit and purpose, which will drive the production lines. For the Chinese, this is the ticket essential for moving from assembling American iPhones to becoming the place where the next technological big thing that will charm and fascinate the world will be invented.
When the criteria of success in public positions are numbers and amounts of money, it is no wonder that Hangzhou's officials are prepared to go far to encourage foreign investment and attract Israeli technology. Even when a great recession is hovering around the corner, no one there is in a hurry to tighten belts en route to realizing the main objective - to turn Hangzhou, a city of 4.6 million residents, into China's Silicon Valley.
Meanwhile, billions are being poured into the construction of manufacturing infrastructures, huge campuses for training engineers, state-of-the-art trains, and residential skyscrapers which reshape the city's skyline every few weeks. Many of these buildings are still empty, but huge cranes are still located everywhere and construction is continuing, possibly because of the need to provide jobs for the masses, or because of the need to provide a solution in advance for the tens of millions of villagers migrating to the cities every year, according to a report in Globes. >>More here