The Epoch Times (October 17, 2018) reported that Wu Sikang, Director of the Policy Research Office of the Shenzhen Municipal government wrote an 'internal' document after a study visit to the U.S. in August 2018, and that Wang Weizhong, head of the Shenzhen Municipal Party Committee, and Ai Xuefeng, Deputy Mayor, reviewed the document and gave some instructions. Wu Sikang wrote that the Sino-U.S. relationship has made a dramatic shift and the trade war is only the beginning of a competition between two giant powers. Stating that the world landscape will undergo a major change, he said Shenzhen, an international city that relies heavily on exports, needs to pay special attention to this change. He added the U.S. might intentionally intensify issues on the South China Sea, Taiwan, and Tibet Independence. Referring to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of the U.S., he said it called for the Secretary of Defense to “expand senior military-to-military engagement and joint training between the United States Armed Forces with the military of Taiwan.” He added that the U.S. stopped funding the support of Tibetan Independence for many years but this year it has allocated US$17 million in funding to it. He also said U.S. policy makers believe that the core of Sino-U.S. competition is the competition in science and technology. U.S. technology isolation towards China has changed from “defense technology focused” to isolation on “new technology at all levels.” After detailing his observations, Wu Sikang offered the following suggestions: (i) Be "clear-headed" and "pay high attention to its long-term nature and severity" of the “New Cold War.” He advised making and implementing a “wartime strategy” in terms of talent and materials so as to take the initiative in the all-around competition between China and the U.S. Adopt more precise, concealed, and special measures to introduce, in an expedited fashion, a substantial number who have strategic talent in science and technology, especially non-Chinese top-notch experts. Utilize the short period before the U.S.-led West starts its all-around “talent war” against China and step up the implementation of the new talent strategy. Do a better job of predicting the new frontiers in science and technology. Recruit special talent, especially those coming from third-world countries and receiving education in developed countries, offer compensation and treatment that is better than the international standard. Select, introduce, and purchase some half-done science and technology projects and talent, and create suitable conditions in Shenzhen for them to continue their scientific research. Be the first to implement a talent policy similar to something that acknowledges multiple citizenship and encourage ethnic Chinese scholars to become citizens of other countries and participate in all kinds of international science and technology activities. Be bold in bringing in talent and offer good terms, but do not publicise these actions in high profile.(ii) Use unconventional means to speed up the introduction of all sorts of cutting edge scientific equipment and instruments, and materially prepare for the “New Cold War.” There might be up to a full-year’s “time window” before actual actions can be taken. (iii) Establish, as fast as possible high-level science and technology think tanks to track, analyse, study, and make judgments about the trend of advanced international science and technology. The U.S. is able to maintain its long term global leadership in science and technology because of its highly developed science and technology think tanks. Speed up and establish a number of science and technology think tanks that meet the international standard, collect top notch strategic talent in science and technology from around the globe, and strengthen the analysis and assessment of the trend of the frontiers of scientific research. (iv) Counter the U.S. blockade on science and technology, proactively initiate all sorts of global annual conferences, academic seminars, international science and technology forums, and science and technology expos, proactively start large international scientific projects and large scientific plans, be flexible in strengthening cooperation with leading countries in science and technology and support ethnic Chinese and Chinese firms in establishing universities and research organizations outside of China. (v) seize the opportunities that the differences between the legal and institutional systems of China and the United States afford in order to expedite the development of new types of industry and businesses. This is an opportunity to develop an Internet-based economy, develop new technology, in areas such as biomedical, and designate special zones as experimental areas and adopt special policies in these areas. (vi)  Create a center focused on industrialising global scientific and technological achievements, and providing comprehensive and equivalent support in financing, human resources, and policy for non-Chinese international talent to start businesses in Shenzhen. Abide by the principle of “seeking not the ownership, but the residence” (in Shenzhen) and establish special service facilities for foreigners to start businesses in Shenzhen. Strengthen cooperation with globally renowned technology transfer institutes. Create a Hong Kong-like internationalized living environment in specific regions.

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