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Opinion

Multinationals risk defeat in China talent war

Foreign companies must promote managers faster, or lose more key staff

| China
Shanghai-born Qi Lu, Baidu chief operating officer, studied and worked in the U.S. before returning to China.   © Reuters

In the competitive Chinese market, Western companies are losing the war for talent. Take the case of Qi Lu, a Chinese software executive and engineer. Born in Shanghai and raised in a remote village in Jiangsu Province, Lu secured a coveted slot in the computer science doctoral program at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University in the 1990s and spent the next two decades rising through Silicon Valley's ranks to become a trusted lieutenant to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and executive vice president of the company.

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