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April 30, 2017

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China-based Internet software maker hunting for talent in Taiwan

TAIPEI--Beijing-based mobile software maker Cheetah Mobile Inc. is hunting talent in Taiwan, luring potential employees with mouthwatering wages.

"Money isn't a problem," Cheetah Mobile CEO Fu Sheng said during a visit to Taipei Monday. However, he declined to disclose actual salary figures.

Other Chinese software companies have already launched talent-hunts here, he said. "If we don't do it," our competitors will anyway.

Praising Taiwanese engineers as high-quality talent, Fu said they have good skills and international vision, with better English proficiency than their Chinese counterparts.

Taiwanese talent is undervalued because of the restricted development of domestic industries, meaning that they are more valuable than the wages they can command at home at present, Fu said.

This makes Taiwanese talent a real bargain compared with Chinese employees, he said.

Cheetah Mobile is a subsidiary of security software maker Kingsoft Corp. founded by Lei Jun, who created Xiaomi Inc., one of China's biggest electronics companies, which designs, develops and sells smartphones, mobile apps and consumer electronics.

Formerly known as Kingsoft Internet Software Holdings, Cheetah Mobiles has developed many globally popular applications for mobile devices, such as Clean Master and Battery Doctor.

As of March, the monthly volume of Cheetah products' active users had surpassed 362 million, 63 percent overseas. In Taiwan, there are around 3 million active Clean Master users every month, according to the company.

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