In­dus­trial park tries new model

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - China - By MA CHI in Qinzhou, Guangxi [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

China-Malaysia Qinzhou In­dus­trial Park in the Guangxi Zhuang au­tonomous re­gion aims to ex­plore a new model in cross-bor­der co­op­er­a­tion be­tween such parks, said Gao Pu, deputy direc­tor of the in­dus­trial park’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee.

A ma­jor co­op­er­a­tion project be­tween China and Malaysia, the park was un­veiled in 2012 in Qinzhou, a coastal city in Guangxi. Its coun­ter­part, the Malaysi­aChina Kuan­tan In­dus­trial Park, opened in 2013 in Kuan­tan, Malaysia.

Qinzhou is a port city lo­cated near the Beibu Gulf, a hub in China’s links with South­east Asian coun­tries. The city serves as a strate­gic point on the 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road, part of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

“The in­dus­trial park brings eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Malaysia and other ASEAN coun­tries closer,” Gao said, re­fer­ring to the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions. “It is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for China, given the grow­ing trade fric­tions be­tween China and the United States.”

Last year, trade vol­ume be­tween China and Malaysia ex­ceeded $100 bil­lion, a big share of the to­tal vol­ume of around $500 bil­lion be­tween China and ASEAN coun­tries.

Gao said the park is a plat­form for China’s emerg­ing strate­gic in­dus­tries, such as high-end man­u­fac­tur­ing and equip­ment and biotech­nol­ogy, to “go global” and for China to bring in com­pet­i­tive in­dus­tries from ASEAN coun­tries, such as rub­ber mak­ing, Halal food man­u­fac­tur­ing and palm oil pro­cess­ing.

SDL Tech­nol­ogy Co, a man­u­fac­turer of curved mo­bile phone screens for Sam­sung, is one of the en­ter­prises that have set­tled down in the in­dus­trial park.

Liu Yufeng, a se­nior man­ager of the com­pany, said Qinzhou was cho­sen for the in­dus­trial park be­cause of its rel­a­tively cheap la­bor and its prox­im­ity to Viet­nam, a ma­jor South­east Asian mar­ket for Sam­sung.

He said most of the mo­bile phone screens made by SDL and used on Sam­sung prod­ucts are shipped to Viet­nam.

The com­pany’s more than 400 em­ploy­ees can pro­duce 30,000 mo­bile phone screens a day. They also man­u­fac­ture back­planes for mo­bile phones and bul­let­proof back­packs.

He­baBiz Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Tech­nol­ogy Co is a man­u­fac­turer of tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine based in the Qinzhou In­dus­trial Park. The com­pany has es­tab­lished co­op­er­a­tion with Malaysia’s lead­ing tra­di­tional health­care com­pany, Hai-O, as well as tra­di­tional medicine com­pa­nies in In­done­sia and the Philip­pines.

In ad­di­tion to Chi­nese com­pa­nies, the in­dus­trial park has also at­tracted com­pa­nies from Malaysia.

Malaysia is the sec­ond­largest ex­porter to China of ed­i­ble bird’s nests, which are seen as a del­i­cacy to many Chi­nese. Only In­done­sia ships more.

Five Malaysian com­pa­nies have set­tled down in the in­dus­trial park to process raw bird’s nests, which con­tain feath­ers and drop­pings.

“China and ASEAN coun­tries are com­ple­men­tary in their trade re­la­tions,” Gao said. “We will con­tinue to ex­plore new av­enues of in­dus­trial co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sides.”

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