From shanzhai city “the home of fakes” to China’s “innovation capital,” Shenzhen has gone through more than its fair share of changes to become the sleek modern city it is today. On 20 November, the Director of Nanshan District’s Science and Technology Innovation Bureau, Liu Shiming, spoke to participants of TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018 about the district’s tech journey.

“As a promoter of Shenzhen innovation and entrepreneurship, this event is right up my alley,” said Director Liu. “I see myself more as a spokesman than as an official—someone who serves industry and science. This informal cooperative environment is the just the kind of place to get across my message.”

Talking about how Shenzhen has changed over the past four or five years, Liu Shiming does not characterize development as either fast or slow, but rather as a set of responses to changing societal conditions.

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