THE giant telecommunications company Motorola will lift investment in China to US$1.2 billion by 2000, according to the company's representatives in Beijing. By the end of last year Motorola had invested $280 million in the country, making it a leader in the electronics sector, according to Xinhua (the New China News Agency). To improve product quality, the company plans to add $360 million to set up an advanced semiconductor chip factory at its pager and mobile telephone workshops in Tianjin. Statistics released by Motorola (China) Electronics (MCEL) showed that about 30 per cent of its components were made in China. The company plans to increase that to 50 per cent by 2000. Consequently, the total purchases in China will reach $800 million. The company has 3,300 mainland employees, a figure which is expected to reach 10,000 by the turn of the century. A programme to train senior management personnel has been in place for mainland employees since last October, and MCEL also plans to hire dozens of Chinese technicians who have studies abroad from next year. It also plans to send the staff for training to overseas workshops. MCEL general manager Lai Pinyong said the management programme would supply middle management personnel.