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China Outlines Plans for 20 Dedicated AI Development Zones

China has announced plans to establish 20 national pilot zones dedicated to the development of artificial intelligence (AI).  By 2023, it is hoped that these new facilities will have delivered on a range of AI-related objectives, including detailing a number of innovative policy tools, trialling various models of AI-integrated socio-economic development and establishing reproducible best practices, while carving out a role for themselves as internationally-recognised AI innovation hubs.

In terms of the siting of such zones, this is to be determined in line with the development goals of several priority mainland economic regions, including the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, the Yangtze River Economic Belt, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Yangtze River Delta. Consideration will also be given to the coordinated development of China’s eastern, central-western and northeastern regions.

Full details – including the overall requirements, key tasks, application requirements, construction procedures and safeguard measures relating to such zones – can be found in the Guidelines for Building National Pilot Zones for Innovative Development of New-generation Artificial Intelligence (Guo Ke Fa Gui No. 298 [2019]), as issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Source: Ministry of Science and Technology

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