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央视国际 | 郭万达:深圳将从制造者转变为创新的领导者


6月27日,中国(深圳)综合开发研究院郭万达常务副院长就深圳改革开放和创新经验、粤港澳大湾区未来发展等问题接受中央电视台英文频道采访。

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, was established as a special economic zone (SEZ) less than 40 years ago. Located just a few hours north of Hong Kong, the city has become a global manufacturing powerhouse, and today, Shenzhen is evolving into a high-tech center of innovation.


The towering skyline of Shenzhen is China’s youngest metropolis. It was established 38 years ago, and the average age of the city's 11 million residents is just 33. Four percent of Shenzhen's GDP is spent on research and development – double the country’s average.


Shenzhen’s population average age is 33. /CGTN Photo

Shenzhen is quickly closing the gap with Hong Kong, located just across the water, in GDP terms.


Guo Wanda, an expert in Hong Kong studies explained how the twin can cities collaborate to build the new Bay Area.


Shenzhen has transformed into a high-end manufacturing center. /CGTN Photo

“Hong Kong’s low taxes, highly efficient legal system, as well as its business environment have made it impossible for other cities, including Shenzhen, to replace it. One way for the cities to cooperate, I always say, is to establish links between the top universities in Hong Kong and the manufacturing sector in Shenzhen. A soup with these two elements mixed together would taste great! ” said Wanda.


Shenzhen’s Nanshan district /CGTN Photo

“With its high-end manufacturing and high-tech, high added-value production, Shenzhen could be an engine that powers the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and integrates resources in the region.”


Innovation firms in Shenzhen pivot from old “copycat” image. /CGTN Photo‍

Today, Shenzhen’s entrepreneurs no longer think about making cheap items. Instead, they focus on bringing new and unique products to the global market, which is helping China’s manufacturing sector transform into a global leader in innovation.


//from CGTN