Does China pay more than US for engineers and Taiwanese consider China more developed?
I was debating with someone in Blind about China being far behind any other developed nation but a (probably) Chinese person from Snapchat claimed following:
“It is common sense right now Taiwan and Hongkong is already far far left behind by mainland. And countless young people from Taiwan and Hongkong are relocating to mainland to work every year. The whole Technology industry, either from the scale or from the compensation wide, China is no less than US right now. One main topic in Chinese Engineer community in US every day is whether it is time to go home to”
I find it hard to believe. Taiwan has more than 3x higher GDP per capita than China as well. When my friend traveled Asian countries last year, it was clear to him Japan is a top notch, Korea is behind but not too far and China was well below in almost every way as a tourist. I also have many friends who studied or worked at China and it is common sense China has a long way to go before it claims it is even on par with recently (almost) developed nations like Taiwan.
I mean when a country is developed enough, people start caring about how they look (not just rich people or someone in entertainment business), develop more interest towards social activity, have wide interest in entertainment and arts, try to maintain good manner, medical and environment become higher importance. Engineers in US with high salary who came from China tend to belong to upper middle class so these people are different (even then it is apparent they don’t care about these as much).
I think China has shown incredible growth and will become a better country. It will surpass Taiwan for example someday for average quality for living condition. But I feel that it is too early to claim it is there already. My Chinese friends mention that the salary in China is far behind US as well. There are a few engineers who joined Baidu and Tencent early to make a great money but I can’t imagine new grads getting 150k in China.