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$2 billion artificial intelligence park in Beijing

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Xinhua News Agency reported on January 2 that Zhongguancun Development Group would work with authorities to build a $2.1 billion technology park in the Mentougou District in western Beijing. The park, Xinhua says, will “focus on developing areas such as super high-speed big data, cloud computing, biometric identification and deep learning,” and include a 5G mobile network. It is expected to eventually house around 400 companies, after construction is completed “within three to five years,” according to Quartz. Media reports on the tech park invariably note that it is part of a government plan for China to become a “world-leading” player in artificial intelligence by 2030. Two other parts of the plan got media attention this week:

  • AI computer chips, which China has “the capital, the talent, a huge consumer market and — crucially — rafts of data,” along with significant state support to excel in developing, the Wall Street Journal reports (paywall).
  • Autonomous cars, which got a designated suburb of Beijing for testing this week, Caixin said. Meanwhile, the National Development and Reform Commission announced that it aimed for half of all new cars to implement AI by 2020, and for 90 percent of big cities and highways to be wired to support the technology, Reuters notes.

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Lucas Niewenhuis

Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company’s newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.