Infrastructure construction of a new location for the inst

itute kicked off in 2017 and is now progressing smoothly, said Ling Yun, mayor of Hefei and an NPC deputy.

Once approved, the institute will be replaced by the national laboratory, accor

ding to Pan, adding that the main building of the institute is almost completed.

Ling said the provincial capital had already allocated 200 hectares of land in the Hefei National Hightech Industry Develo

pment Zone for the institute and will reserve another 330 hectares for its future development.

To date, 7 billion yuan ($1.04 billion) has been planned for the first phase of the institute’s infrastructure construction, acco

rding to material provided by the local government when construction began in 2017.

The province will provide another 10 billion yuan thro

ugh a specific fund to promote quantum science industrial development, said Ling.

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