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New horizons for cooperation in the field of genetics between Czech and Chinese

South China city of Shenzhen is one of the economic symbols of new China that is opening to the world. This story of Shenzhen continues to fascinate - thirty years ago it was a small sleepy fishing town, far from being known worldwide and even not in China.

The creation of special economic zones, which started to lure investors to Chinese mainland in the prospect of low cost and quick profits, has opened the floodgates to rapid flow development, which for the past three decades has transformed the forgotten township into a vibrant center of modern production, research and development, and population of 8 million.

There are headquarters of firms in Shenzhen, which in the world global scale raise blood pressure of big-name competitors - Huawei and ZTE –which we know from our market. However, these are just the tip of iceberg, because the city and its surrounding area are full of small or larger dynamic emerging companies.

Therefore it is not surprising that the Czech researchers and people who are in the government and the agency Czech Invest in charge of R & D (preferably in combination with investments), visited this city on 6th  to 8th of December, in order to continue a successful Czech technological mission in Guangzhou and Shenzhen in November 2011.

Just like the year before, this year led a small but determined and well-prepared delegation from the Czech Republic M. Kopicová, former Education Minister and current First Vice President of the Council for Research, Development and Innovation of the Government. The delegation was accompanied by Ambassador L. Sečka, and on the Chinese side, the Czech envoys from the field of science were welcomed at a top workplace in Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), and also in the scientific department of the city government Shenzhen. The aim of presentations, that on the Czech side were presented by M. Kopicová (and also R. Sedlacek from the Institute of Molecular Genetics, Academy of Sciences, H. Chlebná and  L. Hrebickova for CzechInvest and Z. Rucka, the handset for South Moravian Innovation Centre) was both to introduce to the Chinese side the capabilities of our scientists and researchers, high level of scientific institutions and achievements, as well as with the possibilities of cooperation in the field of genetics, among other things, conditions for potential investments and launch scientific activities in the Czech Republic, etc.

Discussions went smooth also thanks to thecontacts and bounds from earlier visits of representatives of the Czech Republic in the PRC and BGI in the Czech Republic. A very friendly and open atmosphere of these meetings is a promise of possible cooperation in the future. Such a move could bring positive effects to both parties in the actual research work, but also a further extension of working contacts between scientists from both countries. With this message, M. Kopicová gave Dr. Jian Wang, Director and co-founder of BGI, personal letters from Czech Prime Minister P. Necas and governor of South Moravia M. Hasek.