The 23rd China Beijing International High-Tech Expo (CHITEC) successfully concluded on the afternoon of September 20, 2020.
As part of the 2020 ZGC Forum, this year’s CHITEC shared the Forum’s theme “Cooperate and Innovate, Jointly Meet Challenges” and focused on the urgent tasks of carrying out national strategies and promoting economic and social development. While bringing together high-tech innovations and industrial clusters, the event also introduced a host of projects that expedite the commercialization of technical outcomes and explored opportunities to develop the new economy for a new era in a way that facilitates the building of the National Sci-Tech Innovation Center.
Joining the four-day event were representatives from 12 international organizations, 11 countries and regions, as well as 25 Chinese delegations at the provincial, municipal, and district levels. More than 30,000 visitors were attracted to the exhibition area that housed over 800 exhibitors, both at home and abroad. Wide attention was gained at two forums, where 66 respected Chinese and foreign figures gave speeches and 1,100 plus industry insiders shared experience. In addition, 2,200 businessmen and more from across the globe were drawn to 10 business talks. By blending exhibitions with the Internet, the CHITEC introduced e-exhibitions for the first time and enabled exhibitors and their exhibits to be displayed via texts, photographs, and videos, a move that lays a foundation for an integration of online and offline expo and an everlasting event.
Incomplete data showed that this year’s CHITEC saw the signing of 42 projects on technology transfer and industrial cooperation, which were worth RMB 17.848 billion combined. These projects are featured from three perspectives. Firstly, they facilitate the tapping of the domestic market and an overwhelming majority of investment was in the projects concerning the high-tech industries led by the integrated circuit. To be specific, 35 projects on the integrated circuit, the third-generation semiconductor, the Internet of Things, biomedicine, clean energy, new material, and other high-tech sectors were signed to launch by devoted tech firms, accounting for 83.3% of all signed projects and worth RMB 17.51865 billion, 98.2% of the total value of contracts. Secondly, they integrate technological innovation with economic and social development. Sci-tech innovation is playing an increasingly important role in driving economic and social development as China has emerged as an influential technological power. And a pattern featuring industry-university collaboration, interdisciplinary cooperation, and a blend of technology and economy is taking shape. Thirdly, they encourage the participation of global players. Of the 42 signed projects, one is based in the US and the remaining are in Beijing (12), Hainan (17), Qinghai (9), Guangxi, Shandong, and Xinjiang. The number of those projects based outside Beijing accounts for 71.43% of total signed ones, a testimony to how the CHITEC served as a platform for pooling resources.
In the “Meeting Beijing in the CHITEC” events, 10 selected sci-tech museums, laboratories, and national innovative science parks were open to the public, enabling people to observe in person the achievements made in developing Beijing into a National Sci-Tech Innovation Center and to experience how technology has changed the way the city develops and people live.