China’s economic growth is not an overnight success story. It has taken a few decades of planning and focus.
A German national researching on ancient Indian mathematics in a Chinese university is far from accidental. In the realm of higher education, China has played its cards very wisely; almost like a sage.
This has been the hallmark of a sound, long-term policy that China has pursued to raise its standards of higher education.
This endeavour was facilitated by state support and was a direct consequence of a centralised policy to encourage and recruit young mathematicians from the western world, not necessarily of Chinese origin, to work in China on fairly generous terms.