China to build up five innovation areas led by AI innovation: MIIT
Published: Feb 21, 2021 03:53 PM

Robots dancing at the first China-ASEAN Artificial Intelligence Summit held in Nanning, capital of South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Saturday. More than 100 firms displayed cutting-edge intelligent technology and appliances for people's daily lives in the 5G era, and attendees could have a try. Photo: VCG

A new batch of artificial intelligence (AI) innovation centers with different research priorities will be built in five cities and regions in China, according to the document released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology MIIT on Friday.

The cities and regions are Beijing, Binhai New Area of Tianjin, Hangzhou of East China's Zhejiang Province, Guangzhou of South China's Guangdong Province and Chengdu of Southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The building of the AI innovation area in Beijing will follow the development of local industry and government plans to enhance the utilities of AI in manufacturing, intelligent vehicles, the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and more scenarios. 

The AI innovation area in Binhai New Area of Tianjin will focus on the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development strategy and strengthen the policy advantages of China (Tianjin) Pilot Free Trade Zone. 

The AI innovation area in Hangzhou city will expand the application of AI in aspects of smart city administration, manufacturing and financial services to generate more efficient technologies for future development. 

In Guangzhou, the AI innovation area will be connected to the development plan of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The innovation area will be built to a high standard feature with mature local industrial chain and abundant test scenarios. 

In Southwest China's Sichuan Province, the AI innovation area in Chengdu will be connected with the Belt and Road Initiative and focus on the medical and financial aspects to form an energetic industry environment.