With a population of over 30 million, Chongqing has been the fastest growing city in China for ten consecutive quarters and is one of China’s four direct-controlled municipalities—Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin are the other three. The “Mountain City” is not only the economic center of Western China, it has emerged as a logistics hub for the Belt and Road Initiative that links up Western China and its neighbors in South East Asia.

From August 23 to August 25, Chongqing held the first Smart China Expo which attracted more than 500 local and international tech companies to participate, including Qualcomm, Microsoft, and Google.

Singapore, the biggest foreign exhibitor at the three-day tech expo, had over 40 companies showcasing their innovative technologies. The Expo was the latest of many collaborative efforts between Singapore and Chongqing, the two have been actively working together in recent years on multiple fronts such as transportation, business, logistics, and technology.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.