Finland has won the race to get an important China-Europe technology centre.
The Chinese and European centre for innovation has been officially launched in a former hospital building in Helsinki.
GBTimes has reported that the centre “will be a platform for the transformation and cooperation of Sino-Finnish scientific and technological achievements”.
Officially known Chinese-European Center for Technology and Innovation (CECTI), the new operation will work alongside a Finnish incubator company Maria 01. The aim is to build strong links between the new centre and the Shijingshan district of Beijing which is being developed as a fiannce and technology hub.
At the launch – which was attended by both Chinese and Finnish officials – Chen Zhichang, deputy secretary of the Shijingshan District Committee of Beijing, warmly congratulated the establishment of the Helsinki branch in Finland, which has a population almost the same as Scotland at 5.5 million. He said that the message was that “Sino-Finnish cooperation was flourishing” and he hoped that the centre would play “a platform role in the transformation and cooperation of Sino-Finnish scientific and technological achievements”.