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Beijing to intensify efforts to build national sci-tech innovation hub

Updated: Sep 18,2016 5:34 PM

The State Council on Sept 18 released a plan to push ahead building a national sci-tech innovation hub in the capital Beijing, growing it into a leading role in the country’s innovation drive and in the coordinated development with its neighboring regions.

Mainly based at Zhongguancun’s innovation demonstration zone, Beijing will build an overall innovation system with science and technology at the core, according to the circular. It will also expand reform to remove institutional obstacles.

The plan puts forward three goals that will be phased in. By 2017, a primary innovation hub will be set up. By 2020, Beijing will see a complete sci-tech innovation system, leading the country’s R&D and being the booster for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area’s innovation drive. By 2030, it will be an important force of global innovation network.

To achieve these goals, the city will intensify efforts in the following aspects.

Construction of scientific research infrastructure will be strengthened, as three science and technology cities, including Zhongguancun Science City, Huairou Science Park, and Future Science and Technology City, will be built to gather science and technology institutions, universities, and enterprises and develop high-end science and technologies.

Based on its advantages in science and education, Beijing will focus innovation in sectors such as brain science, quantum computing and communications, and nano-science.

Talent, education and scientific research are also important to build a science and technology center, as Beijing will try to attract top scientists and build world-class universities and scientific research institutions.

Industrial technology innovation will be focused on intelligent manufacturing, biological medicine, integrated circuit, mobile technology, aviation and aerospace, and green manufacturing, and a group of international competitive leading companies will be cultivated in Beijing.

Modern service industry featuring information technology will be advanced. Science and technology innovation achievements will be enjoyed by all, as technological innovation will be applied to improve ecological environment, food security, medical treatment, and public security.

Efforts will also be made to promote the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated innovation and cultivate world-class innovative city clusters.

International high-end innovation institutions, research and development centers for transnational companies, and international science and technology organizations are encouraged to establish international science and technology centers in Beijing as an effort to bring together international innovation resources.

Enterprises are encouraged to set up international innovation networks, and service platforms will be set up in research and development cooperation, technology standards, intellectual property, and cross-border acquisition.

To promote innovation reform, efforts will also be made to reform talent development mechanism, improve the service system for innovation and entrepreneurship, boost the construction of national science and finance innovation centers, create a fair market environment, and promote modern government management on innovation.