Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Tian Wu leads artificial intelligence efforts at Baidu. Baidu is one of several Chinese tech companies to set up research and development centers in California, particularly around the ever-popular Silicon Valley hub.Credit: Baidu More than a decade ago, Beijing began encouraging its companies to “go global,” to learn by competing on the world stage, and to acquire overseas assets. Well today, even though the U.S. is no longer as hospitable as it once was to Chinese investments, there are more than 155,000 people employed in the United States by Chinese-owned firms. Chinese firms operating in the U.S. include: BYD, Haier, Lenovo, Smithfield Foods, AMC Entertainment and Riot Games, as well as Baidu, Tencent and ByteDance. Like multinational companies from other countries, Chinese firms are eager to take advantage of some of the nation’s best offerings. They can better access American customers, tap into the country’s vibrant financial markets, and set up operations in Silicon Valley, where some of the world’s hottest startups have come to life. This week, The Wire looks at the growth of Chinese companies in the U.S. market, and their R&D operations in California. Big Employers Subscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.