A city goes “smart” as its roads, buildings, parks and other places integrate with information and communications technology (ICT). The so-called “smart city” allows residents to get their hands on information, whether it be traffic- or climate-related, and services that they need anywhere and at any time with a mere couple of touches on a smartphone or tablet.

Now, eyes from around the world are focusing on the construction of such future cities that are centered on citizens, services and cyberspace.China, too, has lain out its plans to establish more than 50 smart cities across the country every year until 2020. Korea has decided to join forces with it in those efforts.

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Representatives from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and from China’s National Development and Reform Commission attend the first Korea-China Urban Policy Cooperation Committee in Beijing on Oct. 13.

Representatives from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and from China’s National Development and Reform Commission came together at the first Korea-China Urban Policy Cooperation Committee in Beijing on Oct. 13. During the meeting, the two sides brainstormed about how to cooperate on possible future smart city construction projects across China.

The talks concluded with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that encompasses the mutual exchange of information on technology needed to construct smart infrastructure, enhanced cooperation on construction projects and the participation of companies from both countries in the projects.

“As building smart cities is one of China’s top priorities, this meeting will help both construction and IT companies from Korea have more opportunities to take part in some of China’s smart city initiatives,” said an official from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. “The two countries will continue to strengthen their cooperation at the government level.”

By Sohn JiAe
Korea.net Staff Writer
Photos: the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
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Participants in the first Korea-China Urban Policy Cooperation Committee pose for a photo following their talks.