Zhangjiang gems shine at Shang­hai tech fair

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG YING in Shang­hai

wang_y­ing@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

The an­nual China (Shang­hai) In­ter­na­tional Tech­nol­ogy Fair has be­come a ma­jor plat­form to show­case the city’s lat­est in­no­va­tions as Shang­hai pre­pares to build a global hitech in­no­va­tive cen­ter, an­a­lysts said.

Gas­troscopy used to be re­garded by many pa­tients as an un­bear­able ex­pe­ri­ence, but a cap­sule-sized de­vice can act as a re­place­ment means of ex­am­in­ing the in­side of the stom­ach and duo­de­num.

“We ask the pa­tient to swallow the cap­sule, wear spe­cial equip­ment that can record all the data col­lected by it, and get ready for a thor­ough gas­troscopy. The whole process takes about half an hour and the cap­sule leaves the body along with other waste within 24 hours,” said Li Zhaoshen, a pro­fes­sor from Chang­hai Hos­pi­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to the gas­troen­terol­ogy ex­pert, the cam­era mea­sures just 27 mil­lime­ters in length, 11.8 mm in width and weighs less than 5 grams. Car­ry­ing more than 300 com­po­nents, the cap­sule has been used in over 50 hos­pi­tals na­tion­wide.

“In or­der to meet the grow­ing de­mand for pain­less ex­am­i­na­tions in Shang­hai and the Yangtze River Delta re­gion, a pro­duc­tion line will be built in Jin­qiao Park of the Zhangjiang Na­tional In­no­va­tion Demon­stra­tion Zone that can pro­duce 1 mil­lion cam­er­a­cap­sules per year,” Li said.

At the tech­nol­ogy fair held in late April, an un­manned air­craft pow­ered by liq­uid­hy­dro­gen fuel cells served as an­other at­ten­tion-grab­bing in­no­va­tion. De­signed for mon­i­tor­ing, min­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, the plane shows how the avi­a­tion in­dus­try is also mov­ing into green tech­nol­ogy.

Weigh­ing only 20 kilo­grams, it can fly at al­ti­tudes be­low 2,000 me­ters for two hours at speeds of around 30 km per hour.

Time-shared leases of elec­tric cars are also ex­pected to ex­pand to the 22 parks un­der the Zhangjiang Na­tional In­no­va­tion Demon­stra­tion Zone this year. Through this ser­vice, cus­tomers can book, lease and re­turn the cars us­ing mo­bile apps.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhangjiang’s plan, a new batch of 500 elec­tric cars cov­er­ing an ad­di­tional net­work of 300 sta­tions will be added to the city this year. Cur­rently, the public has a choice of 350 elec­tric cars of­fer­ing time-shar­ing leases.

“There are many ways to in­no­vate, but the Zhangjiang demon­stra­tion zone puts a spe­cial em­pha­sis on orig­i­nal­ity,” said Cao Zhen­quan, ex­ec­u­tive deputy direc­tor of the Zhangjiang High-tech Park Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee.

Fo­cus­ing on new tech­nol­ogy and new in­dus­tries, Zhangjiang has es­tab­lished a se­ries of in­no­va­tive industrial clus­ters in ar­eas in­clud­ing chips, R&D, ed­u­ca­tion, high-end med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and green econ­omy.

The work­ing en­vi­ron­ment should be open and tol­er­ant, Cao said, adding that the Zhangjiang demon­stra­tion zone made it clear in its reg­u­la­tions that any­thing new is worth a try as long as it pro­motes healthy eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

Thanks to such an open pol­icy, the zone’s to­tal rev­enue soared 23.9 per­cent to 3.37 tril­lion yuan ($542.7 bil­lion) year-on-year in 2014. Its net profit grew 14.5 per­cent to 184.2 bil­lion yuan from a year ago.

Costa Serena be­gan its year-round de­ploy­ment last month with Shang­hai as its home port. An­other new cruise ship will be added to the Ital­ian liner’s China fleet by April 2016. The liner is owned by US Car­ni­val Cor­po­ra­tion.

Costa Serena’s ar­rival in­creases the ca­pac­ity in the re­gion by 74 per­cent and will help sat­isfy rapidly grow­ing de­mand in the Chi­nese mar­ket. The fourth ship will in­crease its ca­pac­ity by over one-third next year, ac­cord­ing to Buhdy Bok, pres­i­dent of Costa Asia, Costa Cruises Asi­aPa­cific and China. Shang­hai is one of five home ports for cruise lin­ers in China. It ac­counts for over 60 per­cent of all the trips made, ac­cord­ing to travel agency Ctrip.com.

Shang­hai’s two air­ports han­dled 4,792 take-offs and land­ings by busi­ness jets in 2014, a growth of 6.75 per­cent year-on-year, said Lu Xun, a vice-gen­eral manager from Shang­hai Hawker Pa­cific Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Ser­vice Cen­ter. That ac­counts for one- quar­ter of Chi­nese mar­ket.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est MOU signed by the Shang­hai Air­port Author­ity (SAA) and Na­tional Busi­ness Avi­a­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (of the United States), the city will host the an­nual Asia Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion (ABACE) un­til 2021. The 2015 ABACE, the largest busi­ness avi­a­tion event in Asia, closed here in April.

Shang­hai granted 20,500 ap­pli­ca­tions from par­ents hop­ing to have a sec­ond child from March 1 last year to the end of this March, said Shen Xiaochu, direc­tor of the city’s health and fam­ily plan­ning com­mis­sion. Just over a year ago the city im­ple­mented a “twochild pol­icy” that al­lows cou­ples to have a sec­ond child if at least one of the par­ents has no sib­lings. So far, 370,000 cou­ples have met the cri­te­ria, ac­cord­ing to Shen. Shang­hai cou­ples want to have 1.46 chil­dren on av­er­age.

A high school se­nior has been ac­cepted by eight lead­ing US uni­ver­si­ties in­clud­ing Har­vard, Yale and Prince­ton. Shen Hehe of Shang­hai For­eign Lan­guage School has been en­gaged in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties such as the Model United Na­tions and “Chi­naThinksBig” con­test hosted by the Har­vard Col­lege As­so­ci­a­tion for US-China Re­la­tions. She also ad­vo­cates gen­der equal­ity. She said she has ben­e­fited from the co­op­er­a­tive spirit of her peers who worked to­gether to achieve their goals.

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