Sino-france Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone: Bonds of In­ter­na­tional Trade

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Wang Hui­hui, pol­ished by Png Yu Fung

The Sino-france Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone, in­vested by Bei­jing Cap­i­tal Land, is China’s first large com­pre­hen­sive in­dus­try park, pro­vid­ing Chi­nese en­ter­prises with a plat­form in­te­grat­ing tal­ent train­ing, tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and prod­uct pro­mo­tion.

The Sino- France Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone, lo­cated in Château­roux, cen­tral France, is a wholly owned sub­sidy of Bei­jing Cap­i­tal Land, a Chi­ne­se­funded en­ter­prise. The zone in­vested in and con­structed the in­cu­ba­tor called In­no­va­tion Cen­tre No.1, which cre­ates a good en­vi­ron­ment for the devel­op­ment of in­no­va­tive and start- up en­ter­prises.

China has pro­posed and pro­moted the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive in the hope of pro­mot­ing the spirit of peace, friend­ship, open­ness and in­clu­sive­ness. It ex­plores new pat­terns of in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and devel­op­ment in new sit­u­a­tions, es­pe­cially the ef­fi­cient co­or­di­na­tion and co­op­er­a­tion of re­sources of the coun­tries along the Belt and Road. There­fore, it en­ables those coun­tries to achieve more rapid, ef­fi­cient and co­or­di­nated devel­op­ment, stim­u­lat­ing ex­ten­sive civil co­op­er­a­tion, cul­tural ex­changes and com­mon pros­per­ity.

In the con­text of “Go­ing Global,” Bei­jing Cap­i­tal Land de­cided on Château­roux where it has in­vested and built the Sino-france Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone on an area of 4.60 square kilo­me­tres. This is China's first large-scale in­te­grated in­dus­trial park in de­vel­oped coun­tries, and a sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion co­op­er­a­tion park for Sino-eu trade co­op­er­a­tion, in­te­grat­ing com­pre­hen­sive lo­gis­tics, bonded ware­hous­ing and pro­cess­ing, and ed­u­ca­tional co­op­er­a­tion and sci­en­tific re­search. It will not only pro­mote the eco­nomic devel­op­ment of Château­roux, but also in­ject vi­tal­ity into France and Western Europe against the down­turn.

China Model with Global In­flu­ence

In 2012, Bei­jing Cap­i­tal Land signed a land agree­ment with French gov­ern­ment to in­vest in and build the Sino-france Eco­nomic

Co­op­er­a­tion Zone with an ex­pected in­vest­ment of about 2 bil­lion eu­ros. With the aim to build a plat­form of eco­nomic and cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion and ex­change be­tween China and Europe, the project re­ceived at­ten­tion and sup­port from the gov­ern­ments of China and France. As the first zone built by Chi­nese-owned en­ter­prises in de­vel­oped coun­tries, it has be­come a unique ex­em­plar in the in­dus­try.

Home to the Sino-france Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone, Château­roux boasts ex­cel­lent ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion and traf­fic con­di­tions with a pop­u­la­tion of 100,000. The city is lo­cated in the cen­tre of French and Western Europe, ad­ja­cent to the in­ter­na­tional freight air­port, rail lines and ex­press­ways to ma­jor Euro­pean cities. It takes less than two hours to fly to Lon­don, Mi­lan, Madrid, Dublin and Frank­furt from Château­roux. With such ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion and traf­fic con­di­tions, Château­roux be­comes a pub­lic lo­gis­tics plat­form with full func­tions and broad cov­er­age.

The es­tab­lish­ment of the eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion zones in coun­tries along the Belt and Road con­forms to the com­mon needs of both China and lo­cal coun­tries. Eco­nomic glob­al­i­sa­tion is an in­evitable trend of the world econ­omy, and China's econ­omy has reached the stage of go­ing global.

Zhang Hao, deputy gen­eral man­ager of the Sino-france Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone, in­tro­duced the zone in­cluded three sec­tions. Sino-france In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity Town will fa­cil­i­tate the ex­changes and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Chi­nese and French uni­ver­si­ties; In­ter­na­tional In­no­va­tion Re­search and Devel­op­ment Park will guide China to carry out overseas sci­en­tific re­search co­op­er­a­tion; and Lo­gis­tics In­dus­trial Park will pro­mote sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and bet­ter serve China-eu trades.

Two En­gines Boost­ing Trade

Wang Shouyu, chair­man of the Sino-france Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone, be­lieves that Sino-france In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity Town and Lo­gis­tics In­dus­trial Park will be­come two en­gines of China-eu trade.

Lo­cated in the north of the co­op­er­a­tion zone, the Sino-france In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity Town Phase I oc­cu­pies an area of 250,000 square me­tres and a con­struc­tion area of 90,000 square me­tres. Af­ter its com­ple­tion, the univer­sity town will be able to ac­com­mo­date about 3,000 teach­ers and stu­dents, be­com­ing the largest overseas base of Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties with five func­tional cen­tres— China-eu Tal­ent Train­ing Base, Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Base, Re­search and Devel­op­ment Base, Busi­ness In­cu­ba­tor Base, and Cul­tural Ex­change Base. The univer­sity town Phase I Project A has been es­sen­tially com­pleted, in­clud­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ings, class­room build­ings, can­teens and 180 stu­dent dor­mi­to­ries.

The Sino-france In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity Town will be­come Europe's largest univer­sity clus­ter and core area of the co­op­er­a­tion zone to re­serve tal­ent and carry out re­search and devel­op­ment. The univer­sity town has ini­ti­ated the Sino-france In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Cul­ture Ex­change As­so­ci­a­tion, in the hope of pro­mot­ing Sino-france ed­u­ca­tion and cul­ture ex­changes, com­bin­ing the two coun­tries' uni­ver­si­ties, ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing in­sti­tu­tions and well-known en­ter­prises, as well as shar­ing re­sources and deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion in ed­u­ca­tion, teach­ing, prac­tice, train­ing, in­no­va­tion, and schol­ar­ship.

The Lo­gis­tics In­dus­trial Park, lo­cated in the cen­tre of the zone, will con­struct the Overseas Ware­house, the Overseas Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­tre, and Overseas Dis­play Cen­tre, to meet the de­mands of overseas e-com­merce busi­ness. It will con­struct a base for en­ter­prises' overseas dis­play, stor­age and af­ter-sales ser­vices and a lo­gis­tic hub for China-eu trade.

The park is near the Château­roux In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the Château­roux Rail­way Freight Sta­tion. The air­port can trans­port in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers and freight. The freight air­port is open ev­ery day with con­sid­er­able an­nual vol­ume of freight traf­fic. The rail­way freight sta­tion is a pro­vin­cial rail­way trans­port cen­tre with the cur­rent trans­port ca­pac­ity of about 600,000 tons. In the fu­ture, the high-speed rail­way be­tween Paris and Toulouse will con­nect the north and south of Europe, and many devel­op­ment parks. The free A20 Ex­press­way be­tween the ur­ban area of Château­roux and the Château­roux In­ter­na­tional Air­port will ex­tend north to Ger­many and south to Spain, and con­nect the ex­press­ways of ma­jor Euro­pean cities.

Cur­rently, the French gov­ern­ment in­tends to es­tab­lish a New In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Divi­sion Lo­gis­tics Cen­tre in the Lo­gis­tics In­dus­trial Park. Tian­jin DTW Lo­gis­tics has worked with Europe small and medium-sized lo­gis­tics en­ter­prises al­liance to set up In­ter­na­tional Lo­gis­tics Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­tre in the Lo­gis­tics In­dus­trial Park. DTW Lo­gis­tics is re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing freight in China, while the al­liance is re­spon­si­ble for dis­tribut­ing the freight to var­i­ous des­ti­na­tion cities in Europe. In the fu­ture, more lo­gis­tics en­ter­prises will be sta­tioned in the park to pro­mote the com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween China and Europe and at­tract do­mes­tic lo­gis­tics en­ter­prises to in­vest in France.

Start-ups Boost Lo­cal Econ­omy

France has been recog­nised as one of the en­trepreneur­ship coun­tries, with ex­ten­sive start-up foun­da­tion. Gov­ern­ments at all lev­els hope that en­trepreneur­ship will bring new com­mer­cial devel­op­ment and drive eco­nomic growth.

The park will in­clude three clus­ters af­ter its com­ple­tion: the Univer­sity Lab­o­ra­tory and Sci­en­tific Re­search In­sti­tu­tion Clus­ter, to fa­cil­i­tate the overseas re­search and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion of Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties and re­search in­sti­tu­tions, the En­ter­prise Re­search and Devel­op­ment Cen­tre, to pro­mote in­dus­trial and tech­no­log­i­cal ag­glom­er­a­tion; and the Si­noFrance In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship In­cu­ba­tor, to pro­vide sup­port in terms of site, cap­i­tal and pol­icy.

The In­no­va­tion, En­trepreneur­ship and In­cu­ba­tion Base in­side the In­ter­na­tional In­no­va­tion Re­search and Devel­op­ment Park oc­cu­pies a con­struc­tion area of over 60,000 square me­tres. The In­no­va­tion Cen­tre No.

1, the first mass en­trepreneur­ship space in the base, was com­pleted. It cov­ers an area of 4,400 square me­tres. A num­ber of en­ter­prises have al­ready moved into the cen­tre.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhang Hao, the In­no­va­tion, En­trepreneur­ship and In­cu­ba­tion Base is qual­i­fied to en­joy France's sup­port­ive poli­cies, par­tic­u­larly the favourable poli­cies or reg­u­la­tions ap­pli­ca­ble to the In­ter­na­tional In­no­va­tion Re­search and Devel­op­ment Park only. The park's newly- es­tab­lished en­ter­prises will en­joy the reduction or ex­emp­tion of the en­ter­prise in­come tax­a­tion for five years; en­ter­prises will re­ceive an av­er­age sub­sidy of 6,000 eu­ros for ev­ery new job post cre­ated; Chi­nese em­ploy­ees who work in a branch set up by the Chi­nese en­ter­prises will re­ceive work per­mits. They will have the chance to be to­gether with fam­ily mem­bers who can en­joy so­cial wel­fares, such as free employment train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion.

The park of­fers soft­ware and hard­ware ser­vices for start-up and demon­strates the ad­van­tages of Chi­nese and for­eign en­ter­prises. It will cre­ate two mar­kets and bring new op­por­tu­ni­ties for young en­trepreneurs.

Fur­ther Devel­op­ment

With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, the Sino-france Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone has be­come the fo­cus of at­ten­tion. Sup­ported by abun­dant cap­i­tals, pre­cise mar­ket po­si­tion­ing and lo­cal co­op­er­a­tion strat­egy, Bei­jing Cap­i­tal Land is ex­pand­ing its devel­op­ment scale in overseas mar­ket.

Bei­jing Cap­i­tal Land has in­volved lo­cal peo­ple in both the Sino-france Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone Project and the real es­tate projects in Aus­tralia, and man­aged Chi­nese em­ploy­ees ac­cord­ing to lo­cal laws, reg­u­la­tions and cul­ture. This pro­vides job op­por­tu­ni­ties in lo­cal coun­tries, en­ables Chi­nese em­ploy­ees to ex­pe­ri­ence and learn lo­cal cul­ture, and cul­ti­vates tal­ent for its in­ter­na­tional devel­op­ment.

Back in Aus­tralia, Bei­jing Cap­i­tal Land con­ducted in-depth study of the laws of global mar­ket, and seized the op­por­tu­ni­ties of real es­tate mar­ket in Syd­ney and other places where many Chi­nese peo­ple live in and en­tered Aus­tralian mar­ket in 2014. It worked with Aus­tralian de­vel­oper Dyl­dam to jointly open up overseas mar­ket and achieve win-win re­sults via lo­cal en­ter­prises' in­flu­ence and rep­u­ta­tion.

Zhang Hao also sum­marised Sino-france Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone's sig­nif­i­cance for the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and the “go­ing global” strat­egy.

The set­tle­ment of group of Chi­nese en­ter­prise in the zone and their co­op­er­a­tion with lo­cal en­ter­prises open an in­ter­na­tional mar­ket for China-funded en­ter­prises, which brings new growth pole for French en­ter­prises. China has a huge mar­ket and many coun­tries are will­ing to co­op­er­a­tion with China. China will strengthen the com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ex­changes with coun­tries along the Belt and Road. The Sino-france Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone has served as a bridge­head for China to Europe and a win­dow for Euro­pean en­ter­prise to un­der­stand China.

Aerial view of the Sino- France Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Zone

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