I'm not from west, but from former USSR block.To Denis,
I think your confusion about china is very cute. I guess you will never find the truth unless you try to understand the real work that is going on in China, and do not assuming it with a western system.
Ask anyone who lived during USSR times (now CIS).I grew up in China, I found many things I saw are nothing but confusion and I still do now. But the fact is, institutions never stop advancing their technology and challenge, and they are fast.
Everyone though that that union will live forever.
During those time we had great mathematicians and we still have.
You only plan to have. But you can't plan to have geniuses.
Also nobody knows will the trend preserve.
Keep in mind that your economic grow may stop one day.
There is a difference between great and good.So my conclusion for you is, there are many greatest mathematicians out there who are not famous, and perhaps you will never know them.
I will back to Grisha Perelman. Here is his fotograph
he looks like homeless, he says that he has only a table and a chair and lives with his mother. he doesn't need anything else. So how did he become famous?
did he promote himself? his works made him famous.
fabulous not equals to have great works - that is the difference.One thing for sure, university certainly is not where real academias lived and worked.
What you see is often not truth in China, this is my opinion from experience.
As for quant in china, I am sure there isn't many famous quant out there since people does not tend to classify them as quant. But the truth is there are many people that are fabulous at math, finance, programming and engineering and they can do the job.
No, I want to see great resultsIf you wanna talk about names and titles and branding etc., there isn't much in China.
It's not my assuming. In fact, I know many Chinese whom I may say thanks hundred times.But do not assume there isn't such people and resources in reality.