Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has started the construction of a new headquarter building located in Wuhan of central China’s Hubei Province. The new Xiaomi Wuhan headquarters will be an R&D center for artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and big data, according to the company. Construction of the new headquarter will be completed in two to three years with plans to accommodate 2,500 employees.

“Wuhan is perfect for an R&D center because it’s conveniently located at central China and has rich talent pool thanks to reputable universities located in the region. With plans to construct a headquarter with up to 10,000 staff, Xiaomi wants to build Wuhan as the new hub in the AI era,” said Xiaomi founder Lei Jun, who is a Wuhan native himself.

The new project comes as part of Xiaomi strategic partnership with Wuhan municipality. In June 2017, Xiaomi, Kingsoft, and Shunwei Capital, two other companies backed by Lei Jun, have reached an agreement for construction of headquarters for the three companies. The companies have moved to Optics Valley, a high tech zone in the city, in November 2017.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.