Beijing’s comprehensive scientific and technological innovation level ranks first in China, said Xu Qiang, director of Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission at a meeting on February 5, 2018.
Xu introduced Beijing’s institutions got 78 national science and technology awards in 2017, accounting for 36.1 percent of the total awards of universal projects of the country.
The combined GDP of “Three Cities and One Area” accounted for 30 percent of Beijing’s total, and rose 8.3 percent year-on-year.
The new economy generated added value of 908.56 billion yuan(about 144.59 billion US dollars), up 9.8 percent year-on-year, which contributed to 32.4 percent of the city’s economy.
Beijing’s research and development expenditure took the first place in China. The number of invention patent ownership per 10 thousand people is 94.5, which is 9.6 times of the national average.
As of the end of 2017, Beijing housed around 20,000 high-tech enterprises, among them the enterprises above designated size were estimated to receive a total revenue of 2.2 trillion yuan.
Beijing had over 500,000 technological enterprises and 67 unicorn companies (startups valued at more than $1 billion) that is only second to Silicon Valley worldwide.
In the first half of 2018, Beijing will complete the planning of “Three Cities and One Area” and boost its development.
“Three Cities and One Area” refers to Zhongguancun Science City, Beijing Future Science City, Huairou Science City and Yizhuang, Beijing Economic Technological Development Area, which all are important pillars for Beijing to forge itself as the sci-tech and innovation center.