Beijing to sharpen country’s R&D focus



a man sitting on a stage in front of a computer: China’s total public and private sector spending on hi-tech research and development reached a record high of US$324 billion last year. Photo: AP


China’s total public and private sector spending on hi-tech research and development reached a record high of US$324 billion last year. Photo: AP

Hello, this is Bien Perez from the South China Morning Post’s Technology desk, with a wrap of our leading stories this week.

Amid rising tensions with Washington, Beijing has had to downplay some of the country’s technological catch-up efforts, such as the “Made in China 2025” policy road map. Sensing a threat to US global hi-tech dominance, the Trump administration had seized on the plan as an example of what it sees as unfair state intervention in China’s economy.

In reality, however, China’s pace of hi-tech initiatives has not slowed down. The country’s spending on research and development broke a record last year, reaching 2.2 trillion yuan (US$324 billion), according to data released in August by three Chinese government agencies, covering the private and public sectors. That

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GAC Group Demonstrating its global competitiveness as it brings the latest technology to the Beijing Auto Show

GUANGZHOU, China, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On September 26th, the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition kicked off as one of the few that had the go-ahead this year. At the event, GAC Group released a new generation of power technology “Mega Wave Power” and convertible coupe concept sports car “ENPULSE”, taking the spotlight amongst industry and consumers.

A brand-new power technology: “Mega Wave Power ”, leading the world in the engine thermal efficiency

In Bejing, GAC Group showcased a new power technology: “Mega Wave Power”, creating a new generation of powertrain products with more power, more agile response and lower fuel consumption. After 12 years of R&D, the “Mega Wave Power” has pioneered a complete power product architecture. The fourth generation 2.0ATK engine was independently certified to have achieved 42.10% thermal efficiency, beating current gasoline engine benchmarks in the world. Based on this platform,GAC is planning to launch several

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Charity faces opportunities availed by new technology– Beijing Review

Volunteers collect garbage and disinfect recreational facilities at Lianhuachi Park in Beijing on May 1 (XINHUA)

At the 99 Giving Day, an annual charity event held on September 9, donations poured in from Internet users, enterprises and the Tencent Charity Foundation of technology company Tencent. They totaled more than 3 billion yuan ($443 million), marking a new high in the cause of charity in China.

On that day, various charitable activities were held across the country. Many charities live-streamed their projects on various social media platforms while viewers donated during the live shows.

The Changchun XinYu Volunteer Association in Jilin Province in northeast China received funding from several charitable foundations.

The association engages volunteers from local universities to raise funds for disabled children and children from poor households and offer them tutoring services and psychological counseling.

Launched in 2015 by Tencent, together with other organizations and celebrities, 99 Giving Day

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Human Horizons’ Super SUV, HiPhi X, Debuts at 2020 Beijing International Auto Show

BEIJING, Sept. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — China’s leading high-end, premium electric SUV, the HiPhi X, makes its debut at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show. Designed and built by Human Horizons in Shanghai, the HiPhi X combines cutting-edge technical innovation, sustainable manufacturing and state-of-the-art design, to create the world’s first continuously evolving super SUV. The event provides a new opportunity for Human Horizons to showcase some specific technical elements of HiPhi X, including a number of world-first innovations, which establish the company as a key player in the electrified era of intelligent mobility.

Following five-months delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beijing Auto Show becomes the first major international auto show to run since the outbreak began. The event is also an opportunity for many local manufacturers to showcase their latest achievements, as well as to display the latest additions from international carmakers. (PRNewsfoto/Human Horizons)
Following five-months delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beijing Auto Show becomes the first major international auto show to run since the outbreak began. The event is also an opportunity for many local manufacturers to showcase their latest achievements, as well as to display the latest additions from international carmakers. (PRNewsfoto/Human Horizons)

Following a five

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Beijing Calls for Open and Inclusive International Cooperation across Regions

With the theme of “Creativity empowers cities, technology creates the future”, the Third UNESCO Creative Cities Beijing Summit, organized by Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, explored how culture, creativity, and technology can enhance urban city management. The summit participants stressed the importance of international cooperation across regions.

“Digitalization has been a major game-changer and will certainly remain a key component of a new normal,” said Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, Small & Medium Enterprises, Regions and Cities. “Many cities have adopted smart city tools, especially to deliver municipal service.

“Cities also have the opportunity to reconsider their tourism growth models and explore alternatives to large-scale tourism, by taking advantage of technology to showcase over-visited global attractions and promoting local industries.”

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Third UNESCO Creative Cities Beijing Summit Calls for Open and Inclusive International Cooperation across Regions

BEIJING, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With the theme of “Creativity empowers cities, technology creates the future”, the Third UNESCO Creative Cities Beijing Summit, organized by Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, explored how culture, creativity, and technology can enhance urban city management. The summit participants stressed the importance of international cooperation across regions.

“Digitalization has been a major game-changer and will certainly remain a key component of a new normal,” said Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, Small & Medium Enterprises, Regions and Cities. “Many cities have adopted smart city tools, especially to deliver municipal service.

“Cities also have the opportunity to reconsider their tourism growth models and explore alternatives to large-scale tourism, by taking advantage of technology to showcase over-visited global attractions and promoting local industries.”

Since Beijing was designated a UNESCO City of Design in 2012, its creative industry has become

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Beijing sci-tech forum highlights innovation, global cooperation amid pandemic

Xinhua Headlines: Beijing sci-tech forum highlights innovation, global cooperation amid pandemic

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— With the theme of “meeting challenges with cooperation and innovation,” the 2020 Zhongguancun Forum that opened in Beijing Thursday drew some 2,600 representatives from over 40 countries and regions.

— More than 7,000 cutting-edge and high-end projects are showcased for trading at the forum, with nearly half from international firms.

— The total revenue of Zhongguancun-based high-tech enterprises stood at 2.9 trillion yuan (about 428.3 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of 2020, up 5.9 percent year on year.

–Zhongguancun, dubbed China’s Silicon Valley, takes advantage of the scientific and educational resources in Beijing, which boasts nearly 100 universities and more than 1,000 scientific research institutes, fully displaying the implementation of China’s innovation-driven development strategy.

BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — The 2020 Zhongguancun Forum (ZGC Forum) kicked off on Thursday in Beijing,

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