Xi calls for co­op­er­a­tion in big data

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By MA SI, OUYANG SHIJIA and YANG JUN in Guiyang Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

China will ramp up re­sources to in­te­grate cutting-edge in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies into the real econ­omy, as the na­tion is ex­pected to be­come the world’s largest data owner by 2020.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said China at­taches great im­por­tance to the big data in­dus­try, and the rapid de­vel­op­ment of new-gen­er­a­tion in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies had a sig­nif­i­cant and far-reach­ing im­pact on so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, state gov­er­nance and peo­ple’s lives.

Xi made the re­marks in a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter to the China International Big Data In­dus­try Expo 2018, which be­gan on Satur­day and ends on Tues­day.

China is im­ple­ment­ing a na­tional big data strat­egy cen­tered on build­ing the coun­try’s strength in cy­berspace and nur­tur­ing a dig­i­tal China and smart so­ci­ety, which will aid the tran­si­tion of the coun­try’s econ­omy from high-speed growth to high-qual­ity de­vel­op­ment, Xi said.

The pres­i­dent also called for en­hanced international ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion in the de­vel­op­ment of the big data in­dus­try.

Xi’s re­marks came as in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies are play­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in fu­el­ing eco­nomic growth. In 2017, China’s dig­i­tal econ­omy ac­counted for 27.2 tril­lion yuan ($4.3 tril­lion), or 32.9 per­cent of the na­tion’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct, ac­cord­ing to the China Academy of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy.

Chen Zhaox­iong, vice-min­is­ter of in­dus­try and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, said China will ac­count for about 20 per­cent of global data by 2020, plac­ing a sound foun­da­tion for the na­tion to adopt cutting-edge ap­pli­ca­tions.

“Boast­ing about 40 per­cent of dis­closed big data patents in the world, China has al­ready made sig­nif­i­cant progress in bol­ster­ing the big data in­dus­try, with a string of big data plat­forms es­tab­lished in sec­tors such as man­u­fac­tur­ing, com­merce, fi­nance, trans­porta­tion and med­i­cal care,” Chen said.

Man­bang, China’s largest truck-hail­ing com­pany, for in­stance, built a data-driven plat­form to help truck driv­ers find ship­pers to re­duce a truck’s empty miles and wait­ing time be­tween loads.

Wang Gang, the com­pany’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said two years ago, big data was chiefly used to help com­pa­nies to do tar­geted ad­ver­tis­ing or rec­om­mend per­son­al­ized news in the con­sumer mar­ket.

“But now the global in­dus­try reaches a con­sen­sus that the real po­ten­tial lies in the mar­riage be­tween big data and the real economies,” Wang said.

Lin Nianxiu, vice-min­is­ter of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, also said the con­ver­gence of the real econ­omy and the dig­i­tal econ­omy is pick­ing up mo­men­tum in the world’s man­u­fac­tur­ing pow­er­house.

As part of its broader push to drive the dig­i­tal econ­omy for­ward, China will boost the ap­pli­ca­tion of emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, such as ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and blockchain cryp­tog­ra­phy, ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion with other coun­tries as well as press ahead for a string of new rules on data se­cu­rity, Lin said.

Qi Xiang­dong, chair­man of Chi­nese net­work se­cu­rity com­pany 360 En­ter­prise Se­cu­rity Group, said en­ter­ing the new era of big data and AI, China will also need to bet­ter cope with new chal­lenges such as cy­ber at­tacks.

OU DONGQU / XIN­HUA

At the 2018 China International Big Data In­dus­try Expo in Guiyang, Guizhou prov­ince, a vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences a vir­tual fit­ting us­ing equip­ment demon­strated by Alibaba on Satur­day. The expo, which con­cludes on Tues­day, at­tracted over 40,000 par­tic­i­pants...

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