President’s message calls for tackling legal, security, governance challenges
President Xi Jinping called on Sunday for strengthened cooperation among countries to explo
re opportunities of digital, internet-based intelligent development and to properly address le
gal, security and governance challenges arising from big data industry development.
He made the remarks in a congratulatory letter to the China Internati
onal Big Data Industry Expo 2019, which kicked off in Guiyang, Guizhou province.
The new generation of information technology, represented by the internet, big data an
d artificial intelligence, is booming at present and has significant and profound influence on various cou
ntries’ economic development, social progress and people’s lives, Xi said in the letter.
ong the country’s top development priorities in the telecommuni
cations industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Te
chnology, said on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
Zhang called for accelerated efforts to set standards in key areas, including 5G, to expedit
e the commercialization of this forefront technology and bolster the nation’s core competitiveness.
Major Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co has a
lready unveiled its first 5G chip and first 5G foldable smartphone, the Mate X, which is
expected to hit the market in June, despite challenges involving the United States.
Also on Friday, shortly after the US said it would ban Huawei from buying US t
echnology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, said
unbai Railway, a scenic line with diesel trains. They were launched to address the limited access to drin
king water in the area, where the underground water is undrinkable due to complex mineral components.
“Water coming out of the wells used to render us with Kaschin-beck disease, and we treated ev
ery drop of (safe) water like it was oil,” said Zhou Aiqin, another resident at Huojugou.
Running the train all year around is no easy task, especially in winter when temperatures easily dro
p below minus 20 degrees Celsius. Some of the fuel is spent heating the water during the journey to prevent freezing.
“Water often drips onto our clothes and instantly freezes. We cannot bend our arms or legs
and have to move like a gorilla,” said Jia Lin, a veteran worker at the line’s Quanyang station.
Train crew and station workers, like residents along the line, have been attached to
the delivery missions, even as demands have greatly shrunk due to improved water infrastructure and relocation o
f villagers. The trains now run three times a month, down from three times a week, to serve only 300 residents.
“But as long as the demand exists, our small train will keep on running,” said Xin Yuehong, head of Quanyang station.