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China's Chengdu aiming to be world's next Silicon Valley

Published on Dec 30, 2012 11:58 AM
 
A developer testing a game for children in an office in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province. Moving his hand in front of a television to test motion, a developer of GoodTeam presents the start-up of his latest creation: a catching game to put a bottle in a baby's mouth. Entrepreneurs in China's southwest are dreaming of turning the city of Chengdu into the world's next Silicon Valley as the government encourages more investment outside the already booming coastal regions. -- PHOTO: AFP 

CHENGDU, China (AFP) - Entrepreneurs in China's southwest are dreaming of turning the city of Chengdu into the world's next Silicon Valley as the government encourages more investment outside the booming coastal regions.

Small start-ups as well as big-name western companies have flocked to the metropolis of 14 million people, attracted by cheap labour costs and favourable government investment policies and hoping to tap into China's rapidly expanding consumer market.

And the Silicon Valley dream is becoming reality as the city, already a hi-tech manufacturing hub, seeks increasingly to become a magnet for software development and innovation.

Between one-third to one-half of the iPads sold worldwide are assembled in Chengdu, while computer giant Intel makes up to half of its chips in the city.

 
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