Ten­cent helps Chi­nese youth pur­sue and re­al­ize their dreams

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - ENTERPRISE -

Young peo­ple have al­ways pushed the de­vel­op­ment of so­ci­ety with their imag­i­na­tion, in­di­vid­ual and so­cial pur­suits and in­no­va­tion. The re­form and open­ing-up, which opened the door for China to go to the out­side world, also brought enor­mous op­por­tu­ni­ties for Chi­nese youth. Look­ing back at the past 40 years since the re­form and open­ing-up, it is the dreams of Chi­nese youth that il­lu­mi­nates the fu­ture of China.

‘Lit­tle dreams’ leads to a big world

The re­form and open­ing-up, which started in Shenzhen, Guang­dong Province, has made China the sec­ond largest econ­omy in the world over the last 40 years. An equally speedy de­vel­op­ment in tech­nol­ogy has also ac­com­pa­nied China’s rapid eco­nomic growth. China’s Shen­zhou un­manned space­craft, high­speed trains, Aper­ture Spher­i­cal Ra­dio Te­le­scope, mo­bile pay­ment and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) tech­nol­ogy have all im­proved the coun­try’s sta­tus in the field of econ­omy and tech­nol­ogy in the world, earn­ing China more re­spect and at­ten­tion.

Dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple carry dif­fer­ent vi­sions and have their unique char­ac­ter­is­tics, which are de­cided by their so­cial and eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment. What is the same is that each gen­er­a­tion has their own “lit­tle dreams.” Through their ef­forts and co­op­er­a­tion, they have pushed China onto the world stage.

The achieve­ments over the past 40 years come from the “big world” which was cre­ated by the “lit­tle dreams” of Chi­nese youth in dif­fer­ent time pe­ri­ods. For Chi­nese youth, be­ing young means dis­cov­er­ing and ex­plor­ing the un­known to learn and ul­ti­mately help de­fine a new era. They may have dif­fer­ent life­styles, dif­fer­ent tar­gets, and dif­fer­ent out­looks on the world, but they carry the same gene – young peo­ple’s courage and strength.

Dif­fer­ent dreams, one re­sult

Dif­fer­ent eras pro­vide dif­fer­ent sources, sys­tems and en­vi­ron­ments. Chi­nese youth from the 1980s to 2000s shoul­dered dif­fer­ent mis­sions and had dif­fer­ent “dreams,” but all con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of China.

The main­stream “dream” for the 1980s gen­er­a­tion was the gaokao (the na­tional col­lege en­trance ex­am­i­na­tions). At that time, China’s econ­omy was un­der­de­vel­oped, and many things were wait­ing to flour­ish and grow. Then, one’s suc­cess or fail­ure in the gaokao de­ter­mined his or her fate in the fu­ture. This gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple be­came the first wave of strength that pushed for­ward China’s re­form and open­ing-up, tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and eco­nomic growth, prov­ing that “sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy are the primary pro­duc­tive force.”

In the 1990s, do­ing busi­ness be­came the new dream among Chi­nese youth. This gen­er­a­tion pro­duced the first batch of en­trepreneurs and startup de­vel­op­ers in China.

Peo­ple born in the 2000s are the “in­ter­net gen­er­a­tion.” They are the driv­ing force be­hind the con­struc­tion of the dig­i­tal world. They have both the courage and im­ple­men­ta­tion ca­pac­ity and are full of pos­i­tive en­ergy. They are not just sat­is­fied with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion; in­stead, they have a strong de­sire to ex­plore the un­known. Their imag­i­na­tion and in­no­va­tive­ness are far be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions. How we en­cour­age the en­ergy and strength of these young peo­ple and let them in­no­vate and push the so­ci­ety to­ward fur­ther de­vel­op­ment de­ter­mines whether the Chi­nese econ­omy will have an­other great leap after the 40th an­niver­sary of the re­form and open­ing-up.

Ten­cent helps foster dreams

Head­quar­tered in Shenzhen, Ten­cent rep­re­sents the in­no­va­tive strength of the Chi­nese in­ter­net in­dus­try. Ma Hu­ateng (Pony Ma), co-founder, chair­man of the board and CEO of Ten­cent, said that he and Ten­cent both grew up at the “win­dow” of the re­form and open­ing-up, which is Shenzhen, and that it the re­form and open­ing-up has sig­nif­i­cantly boosted Ten­cent’s rapid growth.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fi­nan­cial re­ports, Ten­cent’s monthly ac­tive ac­counts have reached 783 mil­lion, and its monthly ac­tive Qzone ac­counts, which has the largest num­ber of young peo­ple on­line in the coun­try, are about 563 mil­lion. On April 13, the mar­ket value of Ten­cent stood at $493.66 bil­lion. Com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a platform for young peo­ple to in­no­vate, Ten­cent has never for­got­ten to pay at­ten­tion to their “lit­tle dreams” and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­sources to help them re­al­ize their dreams.

QQ, as an im­por­tant part of Ten­cent, also con­tin­ues to en­rich the platform it pro­vides as well as its con­tent. It launched the QQ-X sci­ence ex­plo­ration project in May 2017 to en­cour­age Chi­nese youth to ex­plore the un­known through plat­forms in­clud­ing NOW livestream­ing and the tech­nolo­gies pro­vided by QQ, such as AI tech­nol­ogy and aug­mented re­al­ity (AR) tech­nol­ogy.

In sea­son one of the QQ-X project, the ex­pe­di­tion mem­bers ex­plored Namibia in Africa, Spain and the South Pole.

The re­cruit­ment for sea­son two of the pro­gram closed on April 20. This time, the des­ti­na­tion has been ex­panded to China’s satel­lite launch cen­ter, the as­tro­naut train­ing cen­ter in Rus­sia and NASA in the US. The pro­gram will sow the seeds of a space dream in the young minds of those who par­tic­i­pate and will con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the aero­space in­dus­try of the coun­try.

Youth-fo­cused Y de­vel­op­ment

China is step­ping into a new era in which break­throughs in fields in­clud­ing AI tech­nol­ogy and space ex­plo­ration are needed. To com­plete the trans­for­ma­tion from a large man­u­fac­tur­ing coun­try to a pow­er­ful coun­try, the cul­ti­va­tion of tal­ent is nec­es­sary. At the Two Ses­sions this year, Ma pro­posed strength­en­ing the sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion young peo­ple re­ceive, im­prov­ing their in­ter­net lit­er­acy and in­tro­duc­ing dif­fer­ent tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion plat­forms to en­cour­age their spirit of ex­plo­ration.

“Sci­ence can cul­ti­vate tal­ent while in­ter­net lit­er­acy should at­tach more im­por­tance to cul­ti­vat­ing moral­ity. Only when this dig­i­tal gen­er­a­tion has both tal­ent and moral­ity, will they shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­velop the coun­try,” Ma said.

Ten­cent has al­ways en­gaged in help­ing young peo­ple to re­al­ize their dreams and cul­ti­vate their love of sci­ence and in­no­va­tion. With the well-rounded plat­forms pro­vided by Ten­cent, more and more young peo­ple will be able to re­al­ize their dreams.

Pho­tos: Cour­tesy of Ten­cent

Sea­son one of the QQ-X project was launched in the South Pole; Top: Ma Hu­ateng (Pony Ma), co-founder, chair­man of the board and CEO of Ten­cent; Be­low: An ex­hibit at NASA’s John­son Space Cen­ter in Hous­ton

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