XIAN, China For years, many of Chinas best and brightest left for the United States, where high-tech industry was more cutting-edge. But Mark R. Pinto is moving in the opposite direction. Mr. Pinto is the first chief technology officer of a major American tech company to move to China. The company, Applied Materials, is one of Silicon Valleys most prominent firms. It supplied equipment used to perfect the first computer chips. Today, it is the worlds biggest supplier of the equipment used to make semiconductors, solar panels and flat-panel displays. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/business/global/18research.html Xian a city about 600 miles southwest of Beijing known for the discovery nearby of 2,200-year-old terra cotta warriors has 47 universities and other institutions of higher learning, churning out engineers with masters degrees who can be hired for $730 a month. President Obama has often spoken about creating clean-energy jobs in the United States. But China has shown the political will to do so Will Boeing move to Beijing? - DailyFinance Boeing (BA) CEO Jim McNerney is eager to move the company to China. Whether moving Boeing to China means shifting its headquarters from Chicago to Beijing is up in the air. But Boeing already has $600 million in supplier partnerships with China -- such as a deal with Shenyang Aircraft Corporation to build an assembly for the 787's vertical fin. And Stan Sorscher, who spent 20 years at Boeing before taking a post at the Society of Professional Engineers in Aerospace (SPEEA) in 2000, told me that engineers he spoke with believe that McNerney is hooked on the idea of shifting more of Boeing's aircraft development to China. Why Engineering is Moving Offshore - Web Exclusives Why Engineering is Moving Offshore by Alan S. Brown While the numbers are hard to pin down, there is no doubt that more and more engineering is moving abroad from the United States. Engineering jobs have followed the factories that began moving to countries like China and Mexico in the 1990s. Major corporations have built gleaming new engineering and R&D centers in India and Eastern Europe. These facilities are aggressively seeking the best students and the most accomplished local engineers. ------------------------------------------------- Soon, we will have zero manufacturing. So much for the "free market".