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um for Asia, that China will grant 5G licenses this year, but didn’t disclose a specific date.
“5G, industrial internet and the internet of vehicles are among the country’s top development priorities in the teleco
mmunications industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, sa
id on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
Zhang called for accelerated efforts to set standards in key areas, including 5G, to expedite th
e commercialization of this forefront technology and bolster the nation’s core competitiveness.
Major Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co has already unveiled its first 5G chip and first 5G fol
dable smartphone, the Mate X, which is expected to hit the market in June, despite challenges involving the United States.
s become a driving force behind economic growth, and interne
t companies should concentrate on making breakthroughs in core technologies.
“The country is narrowing the gap with developed countries, especially in autonomo
us driving, cooperative vehicle-infrastructure systems and intelligent transportation. We started a little late, but o
ur pace is faster and our potential is bigger,” said Robin Li, chairman and CEO of leading Chinese search engine Baidu Inc.
He noted that AI will have an impact on the internet and China should firmly grasp the historic opportuni
ties of AI, and the country’s efforts in technological innovations will begin gradually changing the world.
Pony Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings Ltd, said the e-government is becoming the driving force for cons
truction of a digital China and high-quality social and economic development, and internet firms should co
nsolidate basic research and focus on making breakthroughs in core technologies.
nt of a comprehensive social security system in record time. Having set up the foundation,
it can now focus on targeted improvements. For example, in 2017, China provided special funds for pre-preg
nancy and other medical checkups for women, benefiting 12 million women, or 91.7 percent of the target group.
The country’s modernization could not have occurred without the people increasing their capabilities. Beyond general educ
ation for the population, the government has increased the knowledge and experience of officials to be at the fore
front of solving problems. Specialist schools and academies have been set up in multiple fields, including a national soci
al security school in Beijing to build the capacity of social security officers across the nation.
It is the totality of the Chinese experience over the past four decades, in rebuilding the
country in so many ways, that has become an inspiration for other countries. C
hina has been a diligent student learning from others. Today, it also has many experiences to share with the world.
ith so many applications in different parts of industry and the economy, and we want agreements, project by project.”
Raffarin was appointed special envoy on China affairs by French President Emmanuel Mac
ron. He pointed out that it is not pragmatic to have an agreement about every industrial sector, because, as sovereig
n states, both countries need to protect the interests of their own businesses and industries.
“It’s easier to go project by project, and, after some experience, we can add a larger vision,” Raffarin said.
His comments came after Italy signed a BRI memorandum of understanding with China during
Xi’s visit to Rome last week to become the first G7 country to join the global infrastructure plan.
According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, from January to November 2018, China’s direct investment in France reached $330 mil
lion. China’s growing investment in Europe has prompted concerns in the West, which Raffarin thinks are misplaced.
llati said, noting that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and
maintained profound friendship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture.
The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges between the two cou
ntries dating back over 2,000 years, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit.
China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and c
ooperation with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec
hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.
hinese women are buying more for themselves than they have in the past, according to a new report on Chinese women’s consumption.
The report was released one day before this year’s International Women’s Day by Alibaba’s e-commerce platform, Tmall.
More women are spending to please themselves instead of other
people, the report said. Tmall’s data showed that women’s consumption of books, tourism expe
riences, wire-free bras, flat shoes, flowers and other “treat-yourself” products continues to grow significantly.
Women born in the 1980s placed a total of 48.06 million book orders on
Tmall in the past year, while according to data from Fliggy, Alibaba’s travel arm, the same
group spent most on travel, China’s Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, China’s Macao and Singapore their favorite destinations.