Beijing to be built into global digital economy benchmark city by 2030

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The 2021 Global Digital Economy Conference kicked off in Beijing on Aug. 2, and according to the implementation plan released at the conference, Beijing will adhere to a global perspective and pursue high-level opening up over the next ten years. The aim is to build the capital into a benchmark city for the global digital economy.

Beijing is home to about 1,500 artificial intelligence (AI) companies, including the likes of Baidu, ByteDance, Cambrian, and MEGVII. AI companies in the capital account for about 28% of the total number of AI companies in China. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the added value of Beijing's digital economy, including AI, was 1.44 trillion yuan in 2020, accounting for 40% of the city's GDP.

The Implementation Plan on Accelerating the Construction of a Benchmark City for the Global Digital Economy aims for Beijing to lead in six areas as a global digital economy benchmark city. These include the building of a highland for urban digital intelligent transformation, a hub for international data and factors configuration, an incubation center for the emerging digital industry, a source of global digital technology innovation, a digital governance service platform with China solutions, and a highland for digital economy cooperation.

The plan proposes that by 2022, Beijing's digital economy infrastructure and support system will be further improved, and its domestic benchmarking position will be further consolidated. By 2025, a high-quality development model driven by data will be basically established, enabling Beijing to enter the ranks of advanced digital economy cities worldwide. By 2030, Beijing will develop into a digitally empowered mega-city with an added value of its digital economy accounting for a more significant proportion of the city's GDP. Beijing will be built into a benchmark city for the global digital economy.

The plan also outlines how the capital will focus on the fundamental, comprehensive, and key sectors of the digital economy and take the lead in implementing construction projects such as a digital city operating system, a supercomputing power center, and an international big data transaction center. 

The digital economy is closely linked to people's daily lives. According to the plan, Beijing will also comprehensively promote the intelligent transformation of the city's water, electricity, gas, and heat meters, and build smart buildings and smart communities with a high-perception density.

In terms of medical care, Beijing plans to build a new health service system that integrates health management, disease diagnosis and treatment, rehabilitation care, and elderly care services. It will also promote the development and production of intelligent medical imaging equipment, surgical robots, rehabilitation robots, AI-assisted diagnostic systems, and other smart medical equipment.

Digital technology will also empower the manufacturing industry. The relevant person in charge said that the city will support the intelligent transformation and upgrading of manufacturing enterprises and support the cooperation in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region to build industrial, financial, exhibition, and other cloud platforms.

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