Fu­ture de­vel­op­ment

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Be­sides the In­ter­net giants, the gov­ern­ment also plays an im­por­tant role in pro­mot­ing the rapid de­vel­op­ment of the In­ter­net in China. China started its Na­tional In­for­ma­tion In­fra­struc­ture project in the late 1990s, aimed at en­abling all re­gions, in­clud­ing the vil­lages in re­mote moun­tain­ous ar­eas, to get ac­cess to the In­ter­net by con­struct­ing nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture.

Yongxin Vil­lage in Li­uquan Town, Wuzhong City of north­west China’s Ningxia Hui Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion is one of the vil­lages that has ben­e­fited from the project. Af­ter the vil­lage was con­nected to the In­ter­net in 2016, the vil­lagers can now sell their prod­ucts on­line, greatly in­creas­ing their in­come.

“Be­fore we could ac­cess the In­ter­net, we could not make a profit from the ap­ples and apri­cots we grew as we did not have chan­nels to sell them,” said vil­lage chief Li Wen­bin. “Thanks to the In­ter­net, our vil­lagers have a new way of earn­ing money.” Li earned more than 4,000 yuan ($613) by sell­ing his ap­ples last year. He is now con­sid­er­ing us­ing the In­ter­net to at­tract more tourists to his vil­lage.

In March 2015, Chi­nese Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang put for­ward the con­cept of the In­ter­net Plus for the first time in his Re­port on the Work of the Gov­ern­ment, de­signed to fur­ther pro­mote In­ter­net de­vel­op­ment by con­nect­ing the In­ter­net with var­i­ous in­dus­tries. Fol­low­ing this, China is­sued a se­ries of poli­cies and guide­lines to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of In­ter­net Plus, in­clud­ing Made in China 2025 and the Mid- and Long-term Plan for Lo­gis­tics De­vel­op­ment (2014-20).

“On the one hand, China’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment has pro­vided valu­able de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the In­ter­net; on the other hand, the deep in­te­gra­tion of busi­ness with the In­ter­net is in­ject­ing dy­namic vi­tal­ity and fos­ter­ing new im­pe­tus for China’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,” said Li Yongjian.

He es­ti­mated that in 2020, the added value brought by the In­ter­net Plus will ex­ceed 5 tril­lion yuan ($767 bil­lion). “The eco­nomic div­i­dend gen­er­ated by the In­ter­net Plus will fur­ther push China’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment to a new level,” he added.

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