Premier seeks to boost innovation

Premier Li Keqiang wants the country’s economic and technological development zones to move faster in boosting innovation. This is likely to be music to the ears of officials in Nansha, Qianhai and Hengqin, the Greater Bay Area’s three main special economic zones.

Li said at last week’s State Council executive meeting that the central government puts “high importance” on the innovation-driven development of the country’s national economic and technological development zones.

It’s not just talk. The meeting called for further specific steps to be taken in reforming the modus operandi of these zones and the government will, in turn, scale up its support. This would include investments in large-scale national scientific-support infrastructure, as well as national science and technology innovation bases. Moreover, further support will be given to “talent training bases” jointly run by these national zones and vocational schools.

Shenzhen’s Qianhai, Guangzhou’s Nansha and Zhuhai’s Hengqin are no doubt going to be pleased. When the premier says it’s time to get moving, what that usually means is that it’s time to get experimental and start doing things that involve outside-the-box thinking. Which brings up our next item.

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