Wu Qingwen, member of the Standing Committee of CPC Suzhou Committee and secretary of CPC SIP Working Committee, met with Wang Yongdong, global senior vice president at American tech behemoth Microsoft and managing director of Microsoft’s Search Technology Center (STC) Asia, and his contingent on May 15. The two parties signed an agreement for the Phase II project of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group (ARD)’s Suzhou facility.
ARD is a complete innovation chain of fundamental research, technology incubation, product development, and strategic partnerships. It is the largest and most comprehensive R&D base for Microsoft outside of the United States. It has set up offices in Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen. The Suzhou office, also known as STC Asia Suzhou, was erected in SIP in 2013 to deal with Internet engineering and hardware development. Besides, Microsoft launched a project last year to set up an AI innovation center in SIP.
Based on the projects mentioned above, the new project, set to start later this year and complete in 2023, is expected to help further improve Microsoft’s R&D capacity in Suzhou and enable it to better integrate into the local technology innovation ecosystem. Moreover, Microsoft disclosed that it will enhance cooperation with local research organizations and enterprises to help promote science and technology innovation and digital transformation in SIP and Suzhou.
At the meeting, Wu expressed thanks for Microsoft’s continuous investment in SIP. He encouraged the company to enlarge its deployment in the country based on its development in SIP and bring more innovative products and services to Chinese market. He promised that SIP authorities will offer the best services to help it achieve stronger development in the country.
Wang thanked SIP authorities for their consistent efficient services. He said Microsoft expects to expand cooperation with SIP partners and would like to give SIP a leg up in seeking high-quality development.
May 19, 2020