Beijing is planning to build a 13.8 billion yuan ($2.12 billion) artificial
intelligence (AI) development park in the city's west, the Xinhua News Agency
reported, as China pushes ahead to fulfill its ambition to become a world leader
in AI by 2025.
The AI park will house up to 400 enterprises and have an
estimated annual output of 50 billion yuan, Xinhua said, citing a report from
authorities in Beijing's Mentougou district.
Group, the developer of the project, will look to work with foreign universities
and build a "national-level" AI lab in the area, Xinhua added.
Zhongguancun Development and representatives for Beijing's Mentougou
district could not be immediately reached for comment.
China's plan to
fast-track AI development comes amid heightened tensions with the US over the
competitive applications of AI in military technology.
China aims to
grow the local industry to more than 150 billion yuan by 2020 and 400 billion
yuan by 2025, according to the State Council, China's cabinet.
unveiled a series of plans to bolster talent, investment and research in AI,
urging private, public and military companies to cooperate on national AI goals
in a development roadmap released in 2017.
The country's burgeoning AI
industry has also attracted foreign companies. Last month, Alphabet Inc's Google
announced it would launch a Beijing-based AI research team, targeting local
research talent, even though its search engine remains inaccessible in the
The new AI park will focus on attracting enterprises
that work on big data and biometric identification.