Beijing, 9 Sep (Zhongxin Net) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin presided over a regular news conference on 25 September.

A reporter asked: A few days ago, the World Intellectual Property Organization released the 2023 Global Innovation Index report "Science and Technology Clusters" ranking, showing that among the world's five major science and technology clusters, China's Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai-Suzhou cluster occupies three seats, and in the global "Top 24 Science and Technology Clusters" ranking, China ranks first in the world for the first time with <>. What is the spokesperson's comment on this?

Wang Wenbin: We have noted the relevant reports. Since its release in 2007, China has been ranked more and more frequently in various rankings, reflecting the continuous improvement of China's innovation-driven development. Not long ago, the National Bureau of Statistics released relevant news showing that China's innovation-driven index in 2022 was 336.3, a year-on-year increase of 15.5%; The R&D investment of the whole society exceeded 3 trillion yuan for the first time, ranking second in the world. WIPO Director General Daren Tang said that China has become an important contributor to global IP efforts and has successfully transformed itself into one of the world's leading innovation, creativity and technology hubs.

You just mentioned that some Chinese cities are listed among the world's top five science and technology clusters, which shows that the measures of relevant regions to give full play to the advantages of gathering innovation factors and continuously improve their innovation capabilities and economic growth levels are achieving positive results.

Innovation is inseparable from international cooperation and open sharing. As President Xi Jinping pointed out, China will firmly pursue the strategy of mutually beneficial and win-win opening-up, continuously increase the intensity of high-level opening up, continue to promote international scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation with more open thinking and measures, build an open innovation ecosystem with global competitiveness, and work with other countries to create an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory environment for scientific and technological development. (End)