China maintains close science and technological cooperation with the world’s major innovation powerhouses, such as countries in Europe and the Middle East, despite the complicated international environment, according to an official.
Yang Song, deputy director of the International Cooperation Department of Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission and Zhongguancun Administrative Committee, told CGTN that Beijing has been actively promoting sci-tech cooperation with other countries through establishing inter-governmental cooperation platforms.
China now has various cooperation mechanisms with many key innovative countries, she said, adding that the cooperation momentum between China and the world’s majority countries and regions has not been affected by the U.S.’s tech cold war against China.
For example, the Beijing-Tel Aviv Innovation Conference, a major platform for cooperation and exchanges between Chinese and Israeli innovative companies, has been successfully held for eight years, and has facilitated a number of Israeli tech companies to start businesses in Beijing, according to Yang.
The capital city currently has 189 foreign-funded enterprises with research and development (R&D) functions, she said.
Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company that takes up about 70 percent of the global market share of diabetes care, set up its Chinese R&D center in Beijing’s Zhongguancun in 1997, becoming the first multinational pharmaceutical company to do so.
“In recent years, as China has gradually become one of the world’s biotechnology powerhouses, we have truly felt the vitality of local innovative enterprises,” said Han Dan, President of Novo Nordisk’s Chinese R&D Center.
In March 2019, the company set up the INNOVO open innovation platform, hoping to expand R&D cooperation in China. Through the platform, the company’s Chinese R&D Center can join hands with Chinese universities, biotech companies, hospitals and research institutions to jointly promote early stage development of innovative drugs and share research findings, Han said.
Collaborations through the platform can cover a wide range of areas, including therapeutic areas such as the treatment of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, as well as innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence and gene therapy to help solve key issues in drug development, she elaborated.
So far, Novo Nordisk has evaluated over 80 innovative projects, and reached cooperation intentions with more than 30 of them, Han added.
Zhongguancun Development Group, a company established in 2010 to serve Beijing’s innovation-driven development, has been proactively integrating into the global innovation network, said Lu Jiang, general manager of ZGC International Holding Limited.
So far, the company has set up innovation centers in the Silicon Valley in the U.S., Heidelberg in Germany and Tel Aviv in Israel, as well as corporate service offices in Canada’s Toronto, Finland’s Helsinki and Japan’s Tokyo, so as to link global innovation resources.
It has also signed strategic cooperation agreements with European institutions and companies such as France’s Photonics and Microwave Competitiveness Cluster known as Alpha-RLH and UK company 8 Hours Ahead, to jointly promote cross-border services for tech firms.
In international cooperation, China, as the world’s largest single market, has its unique advantage, Lu said.
As the country is undergoing manufacturing upgrading, it has great demand for innovative applications, which makes it extremely attractive to global tech companies, he added.
U.S. and EU to launch first-of-its-kind AI agreement
The U.S. and European Union on Friday announced an agreement to speed up and enhance the use of artificial intelligence to improve agriculture, healthcare, emergency response, climate forecasting and the electric grid.
A senior U.S. administration official, discussing the initiative shortly before the official announcement, called it the first sweeping AI agreement between the U.S. and Europe. Previously, agreements on the issue had been limited to specific areas such as enhancing privacy, the official said.
AI modeling, which refers to machine-learning algorithms that use data to make logical decisions, could be used to improve the speed and efficiency of government operations and services.
“The magic here is in building joint models (while) leaving data where it is,” the senior administration official said. “The U.S. data stays in the U.S. and European data stays there, but we can build a model that talks to the European and the U.S. data because the more data and the more diverse data, the better the model.”
The initiative will give governments greater access to more detailed and data-rich AI models, leading to more efficient emergency responses and electric grid management, and other benefits, the administration official said.
Pointing to the electric grid, the official said the U.S. collects data on how electricity is being used, where it is generated, and how to balance the grid’s load so that weather changes do not knock it offline.
Many European countries have similar data points they gather relating to their own grids, the official said. Under the new partnership all of that data would be harnessed into a common AI model that would produce better results for emergency managers, grid operators and others relying on AI to improve systems.
The partnership is currently between just the White House and the European Commission, the executive arm of the 27-member European Union. The senior administration official said other countries will be invited to join in the coming months.
China’s Deep Space Exploration Lab eyes top global talents
China’s Deep Space Exploration Lab (DSEL) said Monday that it is inviting top global talents to apply for the 2023 Overseas Outstanding Young Talents Program, to promote the development of deep-space exploration.
According to the DSEL, the program, funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, aims to attract outstanding young scholars from overseas, who have made achievements in the natural sciences, engineering and technology, to come and work in China.
Applicants are invited to take part in research on aerospace science and technology, space science and technology, planetary science, physics, astronomy, nuclear science and technology, biology, chemistry and materials science, electronic information and technology, mechanical engineering, artificial intelligence and other fields related to deep-space exploration, said the DSEL.
Co-established by the China National Space Administration, Anhui Province, and the University of Science and Technology of China, the DSEL is headquartered in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui, and has a branch in Beijing. Since its establishment, the laboratory has conducted science and technology research focusing on major national projects in deep-space exploration.
The DSEL aims to promote the long-term development of deep-space exploration regarding the moon, planets, asteroids and the edge of the solar system.
Source(s): Xinhua & CGTN
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The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has inked a deal to provide Smart Solutions to Thoddoo, Alifu Alifu Atoll.
According to the agreement, HDC will build an Open Access Network in Thoddoo and utilize it for Smart Farming, Smart Surveillance, and a Smart Bench. The state-owned corporation declared that its goal is to enable connection and Smart Solutions for the island.
HDC has erected an Open Access Network, Smart Pole, and Smart Bench in Hulhumale’ as part of its Smart City Solutions and plans to expand its expertise to neighboring islands.The firm has an ambitious goal of establishing Smart and linked communities and is paving the road for Hulhumale’ to become a digitally thriving Smart City under the Smartcom brand.
As a result, HDC has been investing in digital infrastructure, discovering and exploiting new technologies, and implementing Smart Solutions to promote sustainable urban development, social involvement, mobility, and the creation of a safer, cleaner environment and liveable city.
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