In a 2010 speech before a packed ballroom of university students in Sydney, Shi Zhengrong, founder of Chinese solar-panel maker Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd, listed the people who had been important in his rise to fame and riches.
Two were of particular note: Yang Weize and Wang Rong, senior Communist Party officials from the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi.
A decade earlier, Shi had been research director of a solar energy firm, a spin-off from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where he attended graduate school.
The adopted son of a poor Chinese couple, Shi had become an Australian citizen living a comfortable life.
"I wasn't really thinking seriously of leaving," he once told Fortune magazine.
The Wuxi government had other ideas.
They wanted to lure Shi back to China with promises of government support and financing if he would help build a solar energy company based in their city.
Shi bit, and within a decade, he built Suntech into one of the world's largest solar panel makers.
"I have been very lucky," Shi told the mostly Chinese students in Sydney in his 2010 speech. "My life has been very smooth."
Text: Charlie Zhu and Bill Powell, Reuters
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