Resources to be ramped up to build ‘Digital China’


A visitor experiences a high-speed virtual reality motorcycle at the Strait International Conference and Exhibition Center during the 7th Digital China Summit in Fuzhou, Fujian province on Thursday. The summit, running from Friday to Saturday, features an interactive area of 56,000 square meters. [Wang Dongming / China News Service]

SHANGHAI: China will ratchet up resources to speed up the construction of digital infrastructure, bolster the digital transformation of the economy and society, and deepen reforms related to the market-oriented allocation of data elements, as part of a broader push to develop new quality productive forces and advance the building of a “Digital China”, officials and experts say.

Vice-Premier Ding Xuexiang said more efforts should be made to give full play to China’s advantages in terms of its massive data scale and rich application scenarios, and unleash the value of data elements so as to create new growth momentum for the country’s high-quality development.

Ding, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the 7th Digital China Summit, which kicked off last Friday in Fuzhou, Fujian province.

He stressed the need to improve independent innovation capacities in digital technologies, make breakthroughs in core technologies in key fields such as integrated circuits and artificial intelligence (AI), and enhance the resilience and security of industrial and supply chains.

China will make more efforts to accelerate the development of core industries of the digital economy, build digital industry clusters with international competitiveness, and promote the digital and intelligent transformation of manufacturing, Ding added.

Liu Liehong, head of the National Data Administration (NDA), the country’s top data governance regulator, called for faster construction of data infrastructure and basic systems for data, vigorous development of the digital economy and improved digitalization of public services.

Liu also highlighted the importance of promoting the development of smart cities and digital transformation of urban areas, as well as accelerating reforms related to the market-oriented allocation of data elements.

China unveiled a plan for the overall layout of the country’s digital development last year, vowing to make important progress in the construction of a “Digital China” by 2025. By 2035, China will be at the global forefront of digital development.

The total data output in China reached 32.85 zettabytes in 2023, an increase of 22.44%t year-on-year, while the added value of core industries of the digital economy accounted for 10% of GDP, according to a report on Digital China development released by the NDA last Friday.

Vice-Minister of Industry and Information Technology Wang Jiangping, said the ministry will push forward the development of new-generation information technologies including AI, cloud computing and big data, and promote deeper integration of digital technologies with the real economy.

China has made remarkable achievements in building digital infrastructure. Statistics from the ministry show that the country had built more than 3.65 million 5G base stations by the end of March, with the number of 5G mobile phone users reaching 874 million across the nation.

Wu Jianping, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said the emergence of innovative digital technologies has laid a solid foundation for unleashing the huge value of data elements, while underlining the significance of safeguarding data security, which is a prerequisite to ensure orderly development of the data-elements market. — China Daily/ANN

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