Intl. roadshow center to aggregate global resources

A launch ceremony was held Tuesday morning in Qianhai to mark the formal operation of the Belt & Road Qianhai International Roadshow Center, which hosted the first roadshow for eight high-tech startups from Guangdong, Hong Kong and the United States after the ceremony.

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A launch ceremony was held Tuesday morning in Qianhai to mark the formal operation of the Belt & Road Qianhai International Roadshow Center, which hosted the first roadshow for eight high-tech startups from Guangdong, Hong Kong and the United States after the ceremony.

The roadshow attracted some 200 institutions and companies.

The Qianhai roadshow center will serve as an important financing platform for startups engaged in developing new technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain thanks to its favorable location. It will also help locate financing for the application of smart city, Fintech and biomedicine technologies, as well as sci-tech and cultural innovations, by organizing roadshows for such high-tech companies.

Wang Zizhong, deputy director of the Hong Kong Affairs Office of the Qianhai Cooperation Zone Authority, said the center will make use of Qianhai’s supportive policies to better serve the real economy by forming a matchmaking platform between global capital and startup projects in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

One of the roadshow organizers, No. 1 Roadshow, applied AI technology to set up a databank of the world’s venture capital institutions and high-tech projects. By analyzing the data, the organizer can help connect roadshow startups with potential sources of venture capital in a short period of time.

The roadshow has adopted mobile live-streaming technology, enabling venture capital institutions from both home and abroad to participate in roadshows online. According to the organizers, the technology will also allow overseas high-tech startups to initiate online roadshows in the future, even if they cannot make it to Qianhai.

The center will play a bigger role in attracting high-tech enterprises, high-end talents in finance and high-tech professionals with the backdrop of Shenzhen becoming a national pilot demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

“We will witness closer exchanges in finance, science and technology, as well as talents, in the Greater Bay Area. Now, an increasing number of people from Hong Kong are investing in Shenzhen, and the Central Government’s policy support will enhance cooperation between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, as well as the entire Greater Bay Area,” said Zhang Keke, president of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Union for Promoting Science and Technology.

 

Light show design contest calls for entries [SZ]

The 2019 Bi-city Biennale of the UrbanismArchitecture (Shenzhen) Light Show & Urban Light Art Museum Creative Design Competition was officially launched Tuesday to call for submissions of innovative design works for the Shenzhen light show.

The 2019 Bi-city Biennale of the UrbanismArchitecture (Shenzhen) Light Show & Urban Light Art Museum Creative Design Competition was officially launched Tuesday to call for submissions of innovative design works for the Shenzhen light show.

Chinese and international new media artists, teachers and students from art academies and relevant art institutions are welcome to participate. There is no entry fee and the submission deadline is Sept. 30. The first-prize winner will be awarded 300,000 yuan (US$42,500).

The competition, themed as urban interactions, is being jointly hosted by the Futian District Government and the Shenzhen Municipal Urban Administration and Law Enforcement Bureau, aiming to showcase the city’s innovative spirit to the whole world through the original contents of the light show.

Applicants must incorporate the characteristics of Shenzhen, such as fashion, vigor and innovation, into their works to demonstrate not only the modernization and internationalization of the city but also the interrelation between lighting aesthetics and architectural space.

Since last September, various light shows have been successively held in the Futian CBD area with the theme of “Glorious New Era,” “Dream City” and “Vibrant City,” among which the “Glorious New Era” light show was broadcast by a CCTV program, attracting wide attention from home and abroad.

Shenzhen is committed to building itself into an innovative, entrepreneurial and creative city with global influence. The design competition offers a free and open platform for artistic creators around the world to showcase their ideas.

Entry requirements and more information are available at the website, http://www.szhkbiennale.org/EN/News/Details.aspx?id=10002128.

Greater Bay Area enthralls Macao, HK entrepreneurs

The nine cities in the Pearl River Delta will each have at least one Hong Kong-Macao Youth Innovation & Entrepreneurship Base by 2025, which will be supplemented by substantial financial support and comprehensive public services.

The nine cities in the Pearl River Delta will each have at least one Hong Kong-Macao Youth Innovation & Entrepreneurship Base by 2025, which will be supplemented by substantial financial support and comprehensive public services.

The plaque unveiling ceremony of a Hong Kong-Macao Youth Innovation & Entrepreneurship Base is held in Zhaoqing New Area in July. [Photo/news.dayoo.com]

Guangzhou, for instance, plans to establish 10 Hong Kong-Macao Youth Innovation & Entrepreneurship Municipal Demonstration Bases within three years and give them an annual operation subsidy of 1 million yuan ($141,649). In-house start-ups will be exempted from office area fees for half a year.

A 1 billion yuan Hong Kong-Macao Youth Entrepreneurship Fund has been set up to invest in high-quality projects. Hong Kong and Macao youth will be able to for Guangzhou’s talent green card, which can earn them preferential treatment in business registration, children’s school enrollment, home purchases.

Likewise, eligible Hong Kong and Macao entrepreneurs that start their business in Shenzhen are entitled to social insurance, rental, and employment subsidies.

A great number of industrial innovation centers, technical innovation centers, and public service centers will be established across Shenzhen to provide supportive services related to R&D, technical transfer, and technological consultation.

Of particular note is the 1 yuan rent policy of the Zhuhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. Hong Kong and Macao innovation and entrepreneurship projects only need to pay 1 yuan to rent an area less than 200 square meters, with subsidies offered for any space exceeding 200 square meters.

Diplomacy week promotes relationship between Guangdong and the world

A total of 130 representatives from 25 foreign countries and over 50 consular officers in Guangzhou are taking part in the 2019 Guangdong Public Diplomacy Week from August 20th to 25th in Guangdong.

A total of 130 representatives from 25 foreign countries and over 50 consular officers in Guangzhou are taking part in the 2019 Guangdong Public Diplomacy Week from August 20th to 25th in Guangdong.

A group photo of guests from Guangdong and foreign countries. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

Ms. Li Xin, Vice Chairperson of CPPCC Guangdong Committee, delivers a speech at the opening ceremony. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

At the opening ceremony, Ms. Li Xin, Vice Chairperson of CPPCC Guangdong Committee, said that Guangdong is willing to strengthen exchange and cooperation with the international community in the areas of economy, trade, science, technology, culture and tourism, to deepen mutual understanding and enhance the well-being of peoples of both sides.

On the opening day, the Guangdong People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (GPAFFC) signed MOUs with Bolivia-China, Pacific-China and Zambia-China friendship associations.

Chen Qiuyan (R), President of GPAFFC, exchanges MOU with Dr. Hiria Ottino, President of Pacific China Friendship Association. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

Dr. Hiria Ottino, President of Pacific China Friendship Association, has lived in China for ten years, including a six-year study of Chinese medicine in both Guangzhou and Kunming. He said Guangzhou is very special to the nations of the Pacific region because it was the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road going to the South America through the Pacific countries, and as a result there is a large population of Chinese ancestry in the region, most of whom are from Guangzhou. “This makes our ties very strong,” Dr. Ottino said. And he hopes western media can take a more balanced stance on China, instead of merely criticizing, they should recognise the things China has achieved over the years.

Guests pose for a photo at the opening ceremony. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

The Guangdong Friendship Dialogue on Cooperation: Learn in Exchanges and Cooperation for a Win-win Future  [Photo provided to Newsgd.com] 

Shu Qin Li, President of Australia China Friendship Society NT, said that this was the second time for her to take part in the Guangdong Public Diplomacy Week. Li pointed out that since a direct flight between Shenzhen and Darwin was launched last May, more and more people-to-people exchange as well as economic and trade cooperation is occurring between Guangdong and northern Australia. In the future, Li plans to bring more Australians to Guangdong to scout out opportunities in the fields of trade, culture, education, medicine and technology.  

Huang Weiwen, Chairman of the Panama Chinese Entrepreneurs Association, whose ancestral home is in Qingyuan, Guangdong, has engaged in business in the Caribbean Region for over 30 years. It took him more than 20 hours to fly from Panama to Guangzhou with transfers in Houston and Beijing. Huang said, “It’s a long journey, but I really wanted to come back to my hometown and look for opportunities in the Greater Bay Area for Chinese businessman in Panama.”

Ouyang Jiangxuan (R), Vice Chairman of GPAFFC, visits the Oil Paintings Exhibition of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

During the first two days, the participants visited two special exhibitions in Guangzhou, the “Anna Donchenke and Lin Juan Joint Exhibition” which is being held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and China as well as ‘Oil Paintings of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge’.

Russian painter Anna Donchenke (R2) [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

Chinese artist Lin Juan (R1) [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

In the next several days, they will attend the 2019 Guangdong Maritime Silk Road International Expo, watch the distinctive Lingnan folk dance drama ‘The Awakening Lion’, and go on a tour of investigation in both Guangzhou and Huizhou to to learn more about the development of the Greater Bay Area.

Guests visit an enterprise in Huizhou. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

Guests pose for a group photo at the International Friendship Tree Garden where they have planted trees. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

The 2019 Guangdong Public Diplomacy Week is hosted by GPAFFC, Guangdong Public Diplomacy Association and co-organized by the subordinate units of GPAFFC in Guangzhou and Huizhou. Starting from 2015, GPAFFC has held four annual Public Diplomacy Weeks, which has contributed a lot to improving exchange and cooperation between Guangdong and the world.

Authors: Monica Liu, Pu Enling (intern)

Editor: Simon Haywood

Shenzhen police detain British consulate employee for soliciting prostitutes

The employee of the British Consulate General in Hong Kong is being detained for 15 days for soliciting prostitutes, Shenzhen police told the Global Times on Thursday.

The employee of the British Consulate General in Hong Kong is being detained for 15 days for soliciting prostitutes, Shenzhen police told the Global Times on Thursday.

Police in Luohu district said Simon Cheng Man-kit, 28, violated the 66 article of China’s law on administrative penalties for public security, which states that people who engage in prostitution or visit prostitutes shall be detained for no less than 10 days but no more than 15 days. They may also be fined for 5,000 yuan ($705).

If the circumstances are relatively minor, the person shall be detained for a maximum of five days or fined a maximum of 500 yuan.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday that an employee of the British Consulate General in Hong Kong was detained and is being held by Shenzhen police.

The employee was given 15 days’ administrative detention by Shenzhen police for violating China’s regulation on public security management, Geng Shuang, a spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a routine press conference on Wednesday.

In response to questions on why the police did not inform Cheng’s family about his detention, the Luohu police said it was Cheng’s request.

Western, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the island of Taiwan media have extensively reported on the case in which Cheng “went missing” during his trip to Shenzhen, and the UK’s Foreign Office also expressed concern over the incident.

Those reports linked the incident to the current complicated situation in Hong Kong, politicized the case and highlighted his family’s lack of knowledge on his whereabouts.

Guangzhou Metro could stretch all the way to Zhuhai

Guangzhou’s Metro Line 18, which has been under construction since 2017, may be extended 60 km (37 miles) from Zhongshan south, making possible subway rides from Xiangzhou District to downtown in the provincial capital.

Guangzhou’s Metro Line 18, which has been under construction since 2017, may be extended 60 km (37 miles) from Zhongshan south, making possible subway rides from Xiangzhou District to downtown in the provincial capital.

The Zhuhai Public Resources Trading Center posted a website notice Aug 20 calling for bids on preliminary research. Investigated will be station locations, environmentally sensitive sites, passenger volume forecasts, investment and financing, and construction and operation modes for the cross-city metro line.

Already, the cost is estimated at 20 billion yuan ($2.8 billion).

Line 18 stations are being built at Guangzhou East Railway Station, Xiancun, Pazhou West Area, Shiliugang, Shaxi, Nancun Wanbo, Panyu Square, Hengli, and Wanqingsha. The new line spans Tianhe, Haizhu, Panyu, and Nansha districts with a designed speed of 160 kmph (99 mph). The intracity trip from Nansha’s Wanqingsha Town to Tianhe will take merely half an hour once the line comes into operation in 2020.

Wanqingsha Town in Guangzhou’s deep south is located east of the border between Foshan and Zhongshan, a 1.5-hour drive (80 km) from Gongbei in Zhuhai.

The route will be extended to Zhongshan under an agreement signed on Dec 11, 2018 and in the future stretch not only to Zhuhai, but to Baiyun International Airport.

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Uruguay aspires to deepen ties with Shenzhen

Uruguay, a country that has been described by some as the Pearl of the West, is looking for more cooperation opportunities with Shenzhen.

Uruguay, a country that has been described by some as the Pearl of the West, is looking for more cooperation opportunities with Shenzhen.

Coinciding with the National Day of Uruguay, Uruguay XXI, the country’s investment, export and image promotion agency, and the Embassy of Uruguay in China are organizing Uruguay Week in China, which takes place in the cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen and Chong-qing. Shenzhen is the third leg of the tour.

Leading a 21-member business delegation, the country’s industry, energy and mining minister Guillermo Moncecchi paid a three-day visit to Shenzhen and attended a business seminar aimed at further promoting bilateral exchanges and collaboration with Shenzhen in areas like information technology and smart city solutions.

In his speech delivered at the seminar, Moncecchi pointed out that Uruguay, though a small country, can become a good partner with China.

“We look forward to strengthening cooperation with Shenzhen in logistics, smart city and advanced technologies,” said Moncecchi.

Moncecchi said that with the location advantage of being a regional business hub and the important role it plays in the Belt and Road Initiative, Uruguay aims to become the gateway to Latin America for Shenzhen companies.

Fernando Lugris, the Uruguayan ambassador to China, said that apart from major tech giants like Huawei and ZTE, a number of small and medium-sized Shenzhen companies have also set up businesses in Uruguay.

Lugris said he hopes more Shenzhen companies can gain a better understanding of the country through this seminar and regard it as a destination for investments in infrastructure, agribusiness and corporate services.

“Huawei and ZTE, both of them have been very proactive, because they have their offices in our capital, Montevideo. They have already had people working in the offices for 10 years, so the companies are very reliable partners,” said Martin Andres Alvez Lemos, consul general of the Consulate General of Uruguay in Guangzhou.

Lemos noted that the small South American nation is the first country in the world to connect all of its schools to the Internet and provide all primary school children with a free laptop.

Uruguay Week in China was first launched in 2018 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Uruguay and China.

The event includes a series of country promotion seminars, an exclusive cuisine presentation of Uruguayan products as well as an exotic candombe performance.

China is a major trading partner with Uruguay, purchasing 26 percent of its exports in 2018. Guangdong Province accounted for 50 percent of China’s total imports of Uruguayan products last year.

In 2018, Uruguay became the first nation in South America’s Southern Cone and the Mercosur to join the Belt and Road Initiative.

S China lake a shining example of green development

On weekends and holidays, many residents of Maoming and nearby areas drive to Haoxin (literally good-hearted) Lake, to enjoy the cool breeze, ride bicycles, walk dogs, have picnics or fly kites.

On weekends and holidays, many residents of Maoming and nearby areas drive to Haoxin (literally good-hearted) Lake, to enjoy the cool breeze, ride bicycles, walk dogs, have picnics or fly kites.

Surrounded by shady trees and blooming flowers all year long and shimmering like a sapphire under the sunlight, Haoxin Lake appears much like many other renowned lakes at home and abroad.

So it might surprise you to learn that the lake is actually manmade. In fact, until 2013, its site had served as an open-pit mine which covered a mammoth area of 6 square kilometers and 90 meters at its deepest point, and had all kinds of waste.

The open-pit mine dates back to the 1950s when China urgently needed energy and discovered oil shale there by accident.

The oil shale reserve was estimated at 5 billion tons against the nation’s oil refining capacity of less than 500,000 tons at that time.

The Chinese government then decided to exploit the oil shale and refine oil there, turning Maoming into the Southern Oil City.

The oil refinery opened in early 1962 and, during its operation, extracted 102 million tons of total oil shale, yielding 2.91 million tons of crude oil. The mine closed down in 1993 for a number of reasons, including environmental pollution and the high costs associated with exploitation, according to local historical documents.

The mine later became a furtive dumpsite for many irresponsible enterprises, worsening the surrounding environment.

In 2013, the Maoming government decided to treat this “city scar” as part of its efforts to improve the city’s environment.

“It was by no means an easy decision for the Maoming authorities to make,” noted Li Hualin, an official who was involved in the project transformation.

For one, the site has rich reserves of kaolin clay, coal and iron ore in addition to oil shale, which meant a huge bonanza for a city with less wealth than those of the Pearl River Delta region, he explained.

For another, transforming the mine into a lake would require much money.

“Nevertheless, the idea of prioritizing the environment prevailed at last,” he said.

Li said that the lake was named Haoxin Lake, to commemorate the ancient local heroine Madame Xian, who was highly honored by the emperors of three dynasties for her kindheartedness and outstanding leadership in the sixth century, and to promote the benevolent tradition of the Maoming people.

According to Li, 160 million cubic meters of freshwater was channeled from the Gaozhou Reservoir nearby to the mine and about 400,000 trees were planted all around an area of over 533 hectares.

Apart from environmental restoration, Maoming also developed cultural facilities in the area, where abandoned factories became a museum and a road of 40 kilometers was constructed.

Online farm products platform to open in Greater Bay Area

An online platform for the trade of agricultural products will soon launch in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, in an effort to improve the quality of foods in the region, according to the government of Guangzhou, Guangdong province.

An online platform for the trade of agricultural products will soon launch in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, in an effort to improve the quality of foods in the region, according to the government of Guangzhou, Guangdong province.

“Agricultural products to be supplied in the Greater Bay Area market will be under higher quality standards, meeting the quality level of foods that are currently shipped to Hong Kong and Macao,” said Li Zhongkai, deputy director of the Guangzhou Agriculture and Rural Affairs Bureau.

According to Li, all agricultural foods to the Greater Bay Area will be monitored via the platform’s system, which will be operated no later than October this year.

“Providers and distributors, which have already obtained certificates for supplying foods to Hong Kong and Macao, will be allowed to conduct their business on the platform,” Li said.

Also, buyers — including those from supermarkets, government, companies, hospitals and starred hotels — are all allowed to purchase foods via the online platform, according to Li.

The launch of the platform is in accordance with the Vegetable Basket project, a program initiated by the city’s government to improve supplies of agricultural products in the Greater Bay Area market.

“The program will help boost business growth of the agricultural industry,” Li said.

According to the local government, Guangzhou’s agricultural output grew year-on-year by 2.4 percent to 18.66 billion yuan ($2.63 billion) in the first half of 2019.

5G service to cover Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link

China Mobile announced cooperation with Huawei covering the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link with 5G network at the launch ceremony of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) 5G Industry Alliance in Hong Kong on Aug 21st.

China Mobile announced cooperation with Huawei covering the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link with 5G network at the launch ceremony of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) 5G Industry Alliance in Hong Kong on Aug 21st.

The GBA 5G Industry Alliance is co-organized by China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK), China Mobile Guangdong branch (CMCC GD), CTM and Guangdong Communication Industry Association. It is designed to promote the technology industry and resource sharing platforms in order to develop a smart city cluster in the GBA.

5G is not only a technology but also a strong force set to improve society through better communication, and improve many other sectors such as transport, according to Leung Chun-ying, Vice Chairman of the CPPCC. He encouraged all regions and industries to cooperate with each other and make full use of the platforms provided by the alliance to promote GBA development.

At present, China Mobile is working on constructing a 5G network and on 5G application innovation. It is also working with China Southern Power Grid, GAC Group and Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital to create a vibrant 5G industrial ecosystem.

Li Feng, Chairman of CMHK, said that as the digital economy drives industry development, China Mobile should apply 5G technology to more industries like manufacturing, education and medical treatment so as to fully exert their industry advantages and generate better synergy across the GBA.

Authors: Will, Pu Enling

Editor: Simon