"We should create a better system for international talent to work in China, including assessment and incentive measures," he was quoted as saying by Study Times, a weekly newspaper affiliated to the Party School of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
Zhang called for the country to be more welcoming towards scientific and technological talent who are capable of making major innovations and promoting technological reform, as well as entrepreneurs and people from all walks of life who have a global and strategic vision.
He also recommended giving foreign talent greater say in decision-making in the development of a technology, and allowing them to take part in fund allocation and resource mobilization.
A report delivered at the 19th National Congress of the CPC in October 2017 said that talent is a strategic resource for China as it endeavors to achieve national rejuvenation and stay ahead of international competition.
"We must follow the principle of the Party exercising leadership over personnel, assemble the best minds from across the world and draw fully on their expertise, and step up efforts to make China a talent-strong country," the report said.