They'll help you out: "Wang notes that ChemPartner provides any recruits who don’t speak Chinese with the support of an administrative assistant who can take care of odds and ends such as opening a bank account, house hunting, and so on. The company also arranges lessons for new hires who want to learn Chinese." Now there's a service that I wouldn't immediately expect (re: the administrative assistant), but I suppose that it makes sense. Wonder if it's true?
Oh, dear: This comments about Chinese Ph.D. students is interesting and more than a little frightening:
“We are also interested in fresh Ph.D.s from the U.S. because they tend to be more productive and better at solving problems than Chinese ones,” says Peng Cho Tang, HEC’s chief scientific officer. Tang spent most of his career in companies performing innovative drug research in the U.S. but has managed research labs in China for the past six years. He has observed that most Chinese doctoral students in China spend most of their time in the lab not conducting research, but instead producing start-up materials not easily procured in China.I'm going to guess that this problem with precursor synthesis isn't widespread. If so, the Chinese graduate education system is going to have some real issues -- gee, isn't that what summer students are for? (Kidding, kidding!)
Oh, no, that's not how you do things: "BrightGene’s core business is the manufacture of difficult-to-synthesize generic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and it uses the cash generated by this business to run several research programs for innovative pharmaceuticals." No, that's not right. The modern way is that the profits generated by your manufacturing business should be used for executive perks and bonuses -- that's more like it.
Do US chemists want to work in China? The article summarizes some of the positives and negatives of working there (relatively easy employment, low pay, new language and culture). I can't say I have not contemplated it, but (as every PRC national in the US knows) it's no fun leaving home and (extended?) family to go try to make a buck and gain some experience. For those thinking about it, this article is worth reading.