Bei­jing en­vi­sions fu­ture as top tech­nol­ogy cen­ter

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By DU­JUAN du­juan@chi­

Bei­jing aims to be­come one of the world’s in­flu­en­tial tech­nol­ogy cen­ters by 2020, a se­nior of­fi­cial said on Fri­day.

Yan Aoshuang, head of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Com­mis­sion, said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence that the city has ad­van­tages in sci­ence and tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and will carry out a se­ries of poli­cies to build it­self into a cen­ter of in­no­va­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion, bytheendof2015, half the aca­demi­cians of the Chi­nese Academy of Sci­ences and the Yan Aoshuang, Chi­nese Academy of En­gi­neer­ing — the top think tanks in China — were work­ing in Bei­jing. The cap­i­tal is al­so­hometo 412 sci­en­tific re­search in­sti­tu­tions, the most in the coun­try.

“Bei­jing will ac­tive­ly­workon at­tract­ing na­tional labs to the city,” she said. “Mean­while, the city will start sev­eral in­no­va­tive projects, in­clud­ing eco­log­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion, food se­cu­rity, health­care and city con­struc­tion, in or­der to boost tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment.”

Bei­jing has 12,000 high-tech com­pa­nies, ac­count­ing for one-sixth of the na­tion’s to­tal.

There are 3,800 ven­ture cap­i­tal in­vest­ment and equity in­vest­ment man­age­ment com­pa­nies in Bei­jing, con­trol­ling 1.6 tril­lion yuan ($240 bil­lion), which pro­vides strong cap­i­tal re­sources for re­search de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion, al­most 6 per­cent of Bei­jing’s GDP was in the re­search and de­vel­op­ment sec­tor in 2015.

Li Chang­ping, deputy head of Haid­ian dis­trict in Bei­jing, said the dis­trict has es­tab­lished 40-some funds with 17 bil­lion yuan to sup­port re­search.

“The lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Haid­ian dis­trict com­mit­ted to in­vest around 3 bil­lion yuan to in­tro­duce more so­cial cap­i­tal to pro­mote com­mer­cial­iza­tion of tech­no­log­i­cal re­search achieve­ments,” she said.

Based on the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment plan, Bei­jing will co­op­er­ate with its neigh­bors to boost sci­en­tific re­search.

“Bei­jing will ac­cel­er­ate tech­nol­ogy im­ports, fi­nan­cial sup­port and the trans­for­ma­tion of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights in the in­no­va­tion sec­tor, which can then be ap­plied to other ar­eas in China,” said Lin Xiaofeng, head of the tech­nol­ogy depart­ment of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of De­vel­op­ment and Re­form.

The city will start sev­eral in­no­va­tive projects ... in or­der to boost tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment.” head of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Com­mis­sion

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