China aims to be internet giant

CHINA is looking to become an internet superpower. To achieve this goal, President Xi Jinping (習近平) has asked for more independent innovation in internet and information technology and enhanced cyberspace security.

China is a relatively latecomer to the cyber world, but it has made remarkable achievements in the development of internet networks and services in the past two decades.

In 2015, the total value of the electronic information manufacturing industry in China reached 11.1 trillion yuan (HK$12.87 trillion). It is now the world’s largest e-commerce market, with online retail sales totalling 3.9 trillion yuan (HK$4.52 trillion).

About 700 million Chinese netizens use the internet to study, work, and access public services, making China home to the world’s largest online population. But top leaders were told during a recent study session that China lags behind leading internet powers.

To build a safe and controlled information technology system, Beijing needs major break-throughs in high performance computing, mobile communication, quantum communication, core chips and operating systems.

As the internet and information technology can be a double-edged sword, China also needs better cyberspace management, a positive and healthy cyber culture and effective fighting of cybercrime.

Beijing is determined to better harness the internet to promote scientifi c decision-making, improve social governance and create effi cient public services.

From developing core technologies to utilising the internet to give a greater voice to the public, there is much more the country can do to cope with the opportunities and challenges that come with the internet age.

(This article is published on Junior Standard on 14 October 2016)

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