foreign investors encouraged to establish r&d centers in china
photo shows a view of chang’an automobile global r&d center in chongqing, which has a research team of nearly 10,000 people from 18 countries. (photo: vcg)
by chen chunyou
foreign-funded r&d centers are an important component of china's science and technology innovation system. to date, a number of such high-level centers have been formed in information technology, biomedicine, new materials and new energy.
the development of these centers has driven the rapid increase of enterprise r&d input.
according to wu jiaxi, vice director-general of department of research commercialization and regional innovation at the ministry of science and technology, from 2012 to 2021, the r&d input of foreign-invested industrial enterprises above designated size increased from 176.36 billion rmb to 337.74 billion rmb, an increase of 91.5 percent.
this document is released in a bid to expand international exchanges and cooperation, and allow these centers to grow and function well, so as to promote china's high-quality development.
supportive measures, including optimizing innovation services, encouraging them to conduct basic research, enhancing talent exchanges, and strengthening the protection of intellectual property rights, have been introduced.
chinese universities, research institutes and vocational colleges are also encouraged to cooperate with these r&d centers, such as setting up training bases and building joint laboratories to overcome technological challenges.
the centers are being motivated to undertake national sci-tech tasks or participate in major sci-tech projects. eligible experts employed in these centers can be enlisted in the national expert database system, and engage in consultation, evaluation and management of such sci-tech projects.
in addition, the centers can utilize large scientific equipment and relevant data from major national sci-tech projects. if qualified, they are welcome to apply for the accreditation of high-tech enterprises.
of note is that they are allowed to set up post-doctoral research stations, and can independently recruit researchers if authorized. if their business scope includes providing services for the r&d of generic technologies around their locations, they could get support in equipment purchasing, operational funds, etc.
foreign-funded r&d centers are important platforms for foreign enterprises to attract and gather global experts in their fields.
a green channel will be available for overseas high-end experts employed by these centers, to participate in professional title evaluation, which could result in easing restrictions on qualifications and period of employment.
meanwhile, the experts' working experiences and performances still count for evaluation, and those who meet the requirements can directly apply for senior titles.
with its favorable business environment, china has consequently become increasingly attractive to foreign investors.
in 2022, the actual use of foreign direct investment in china's high-tech industries was 444.95 billion rmb, surging by 28.3 percent year-on-year, faster than the overall 6.3 percent growth rate for foreign capital use, according to the ministry of commerce.