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  • And you said there's going to be three hospitals?

  • Yeah, three hospitals here, plus a proton therapy center.

  • That's me getting a tour of a massive new city being built from scratch

  • and it kind of feels like I'm in a real-life version of SimCity,

  • that computer game I played as a kid where you could design your own city from the ground up.

  • But this is real.

  • It's located in Southern China but it's actually somewhat of a partnership between China and Singapore.

  • It's called, Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City, or SSGKC.

  • Yeah, it's a mouthful.

  • In the next 20 years, the countries project it will have a population of 500,000.

  • A whopping figure considering the farmlands here were formerly home to just 40,000 residents.

  • Pretty much everywhere you look, you're going to find cranes.

  • And what's really interesting is how quickly this city has grown.

  • Just eight years ago, this entire area was farmlands.

  • Five years ago is when the development really started to grow and the city began building up.

  • And it has its own train network, too. You have a train station which just opened a couple of months ago

  • which will ultimately connect to Guangzhou.

  • Then you have a bus depot over here which is expected to open soon as well.

  • Guangzhou is China's third largest city, right behind Shanghai and Beijing.

  • It's about a 45-minute drive from this so-called, Knowledge City,

  • which recently connected its own underground train system to the massive network of trains in Guangzhou.

  • The government is relocating farmers to high-rise buildings within the area

  • and encouraging these new companies to hire and retrain them.

  • Knowledge City is being built in phases. It's started with phase one which is built for about

  • 80,000 people across a little more than two square miles.

  • But it'll eventually cover nearly 50 square miles, that's almost the size of Pittsburgh.

  • The first phase has dedicated land to residential and industrial space, along with amenities and green space.

  • This phase alone will have 18 schools.

  • Even architects and developers don't have that open canvas that you've had this past 10 years,

  • what is that like to be able to just build a city from scratch?

  • We have a sense of achievement, although it is not achieved through myself,

  • it's achieved through a team of people. The Singaporeans know how to build a city.

  • Here's how the joint partnership between the two countries works.

  • It's a 50-50 joint venture between China's Guangzhou Development District Administrative Committee and

  • Singapore's Ascendas-Singbridge which is owned by two companies wholly-owned by Singapore's Government.

  • By converting these farmlands into a modern city,

  • the idea here isn't just to create an economic hub for commerce and research,

  • but also create a model that could maybe even be applied in rural areas elsewhere in China and beyond.

  • It was also selected as one of China's Smart City Pilots cities,

  • where it can be used to test things like cloud computing and the internet of things.

  • We are trying to build a new city rather than an industrial park.

  • We are building a new city that we can live, work, learn and play.

  • Yet China itself has brought hundreds of million people out of poverty in a few decades and

  • and is now building new skyscrapers, trains and airports at an unprecedented rate.

  • What can Singapore offer that China can't do itself?

  • Small is beauty.

  • I think at a micro level, Singapore does have experience of how to manage a midsize or small-sized city

  • so I think we can offer some of our experience to China.

  • It's encouraging some companies in Singapore to set up shop here.

  • This area is what's known as the Singapore Manufacturing Innovation Center.

  • There are about eight startups right now from Singapore that are working out of here

  • hoping to grow and scale their companies within China, the only catch?

  • The company has to be Singaporean.

  • It's creating individualized hubs for industries like healthcare, biotech, advanced manufacturing,

  • and even a hub just dedicated to intellectual property.

  • Many of the companies are pharmaceutical, biotechnology companies, you can see all these.

  • I can't see but I'll take your word.

  • All the biotech companies.

  • China has a massive population of 1.4 billion, compare that to Singapore's 5.6 million,

  • that means China's population can be attractive to tap into a much bigger market.

  • So this is a Singaporean biotech company that's set up shop here in Knowledge City,

  • partially just to access a bigger population for its testing.

  • But how can this once rural area and still mostly vacant, appeal to young tech talent

  • that tends to flock to skyscraper hubs like Singapore, Hong Kong, Shenzhen or Guangzhou?

  • We are trying to appeal to them that if you come to the southern part of China, or the bay area,

  • this is your first choice, because where can you find a place

  • where you are well looked out after by us, as well as Enterprise Singapore.

  • So we try to make the pitch to them in that way.

  • And it's not just pitching them.

  • It's adding incentives, too. Like massive subsidies and free office space

  • for everyone from startups to Fortune 500 companies that meet its criteria.

  • Even offering to pay for things like an IPO application and providing IPO coaching and legal assistance.

  • In November 2018, Knowledge City was upgraded to a state-level project

  • so now each country is appointing a Ministry and Minister to watch over its development.

  • Singapore is China's largest foreign investor.

  • And this isn't the first time Singapore has ventured into a partnership like this in China.

  • It's also done similar projects called Suzhou Industrial Park, which started in 1994,

  • and Tianjin Eco-City, started in 2008. Both are still in progress.

  • And now, building a city that will eventually be called home to half a million people,

  • well, it's an investment in the very long term.

  • And knowing if it succeeds or not probably won't happen anytime soon.

  • We intend to do it in the next 20 years.

  • So, it is a long project, I will retire before that.

And you said there's going to be three hospitals?

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シンガポールが中国に都市を建設中|CNBCレポート (Singapore is building a city in China | CNBC Reports)

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    PENG に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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