PPTV and Au­pera ink col­lab­o­ra­tion

China Daily (USA) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG YING in Shang­hai

Shang­hai-based peer-topeer streaming video plat­form PPTV and Cana­dian tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tor Au­pera Tech­nolo­gies Inc on Sept 9 signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to col­lab­o­rate on a video cloud ser­vice.

Van­cou­ver-based Au­pera’s spe­cialty on op­ti­miz­ing video data stor­age, pro­cess­ing and an­a­lytic ap­pli­ca­tions is ex­pected to en­able PPTV, a com­pany wholly owned by Sun­ing Me­dia and En­ter­tain­ment Group, to bet­ter serve its 400 mil­lion users, said Fu Gang, di­rec­tor of R&D for Sun­ing Me­dia and En­ter­tain­ment and PPTV.

The co­op­er­a­tion is ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly en­hance video pro­cess­ing ef­fi­ciency, re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion by 90 per­cent, and more than halve op­er­a­tion costs.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween PPTV and Au­pera was made pos­si­ble through the ef­forts of Van­cou­ver mayor Gre­gor Robert­son and his 15-com­pany busi­ness del­e­ga­tion. Since Robert­son be­came mayor of the city nine years ago, he has led four sim­i­lar del­e­ga­tions to China, with three of them to Shang­hai.

Robert­son said that he and Shang­hai mayor Ying Yong signed a let­ter of in­tent a day earlier to en­hance eco­nomic col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two cities.

“Both of th­ese cities are thriv­ing with cre­ative in­dus­tries and have a fo­cus on greener, smarter and low car­bon in­dus­tries,” said Robert­son.

Canada is the sec­ond­largest im­ports mar­ket for China and the bi­lat­eral trade be­tween the two coun­tries has ex­ceeded 85 bil­lion Cana­dian dol­lars ($70 bil­lion), ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua News Agency.

Robert­son added that busi­ness and in­vest­ments from both sides also saw sig­nif­i­cant growth in the past few years.

“We have no­ticed a grow­ing num­ber of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion-re­lated in­ter­ests be­tween China and Canada, and such a trend may have a lot to do with China’s strate­gies in­clud­ing Made in China 2025, which needs a lot of tech­nol­ogy sup­port glob­ally,” said Xu Jinke, se­nior partner at Den­tons Shang­hai, a multi­na­tional law firm.

Ac­cord­ing to Den­tons’ data, 29 per­cent of Chi­nese en­ter­prises’ for­eign in­vest­ment in 2016 went to North America, and the most fa­vored in­dus­tries were man­u­fac­tur­ing (36 per­cent), fi­nan­cial in­dus­try (15 per­cent), in­for­ma­tion trans­mis­sion, com­puter ser­vice, soft­ware in­dus­try, and com­pre­hen­sive in­dus­tries.

Robert­son said he is aim­ing to sig­nif­i­cantly bol­ster ties be­tween Van­cou­ver and Chi­nese cities in­clud­ing Shang­hai, Bei­jing and Guangzhou.

Both of th­ese cities are thriv­ing with cre­ative in­dus­tries and have a fo­cus on greener, smarter and low car­bon in­dus­tries.” Gre­gor Robert­son Van­cou­ver mayor

“We will not only pro­mote busi­ness and in­vest­ment in both di­rec­tions, but also deepen cul­tural ties. More than one-third of the peo­ple in Van­cou­ver are Chi­nese, and they have many gen­er­a­tions of con­nec­tions to China,” said Robert­son.

Robert­son also said that he is hop­ing to em­u­late the late Henry Nor­man Bethune, one of the most hon­ored for­eign­ers in China, who played a key role in fos­ter­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. Bethune is a cousin of Robert­son’s grand­mother.

“He is an im­por­tant fig­ure in our fam­ily and I was in­spired by him in my work,” said Robert­son.

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