Hong Kong should utilize mainland’s advantages in S&T: vice minister
Chinese mainland and Hong Kong have seen increasingly close cooperation on technology development and innovation in recent years, Wang Zhigang, vice minister of Science and Technology said during the 19th Party Congress.

“The scientific innovation capabilities in Hong Kong constitute important part of the overall innovation ability of China. We'll take advantage of the Hong Kong strength. Meanwhile, Hong Kong should exploit the scientific and technological advantages of the Chinese mainland to realize 1+1>2.”

“The University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology both have high-level talents. The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area cooperation is set to add to the two parties' strengths and turn them into scientific achievements,” he said.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, said recently that the Special Administrative Region government will push Hong Kong to become a center of scientific innovation and enterprise. Compared with cities like Shenzhen, Hong Kong is a latecomer in scientific innovation, but with the full support of mainland, it will gain momentum.

Hong Kong’s expenditure on scientific and technological research merely occupies 0.73 percent of the GDP, while for Shenzhen, the figure has reached 4.05 percent.

Talking about Taiwan, Wang emphasized that “our arrangement in the field surely have included Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. There is competition and cooperation with each other, which is quite normal.”

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