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Southwest China's Guizhou to focus on developing emerging digital industries: official

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Southwest China's Guizhou to focus on developing emerging digital industries: official

2024-06-14 15:34 Last Updated At:17:27

Southwest China's Guizhou Province, the country's major big data hub, will ramp up its efforts in developing emerging digital industries represented by artificial intelligence (AI), said the province's vice governor Luo Qiang on Friday.

Speaking at a press conference in Beijing to brief news media on the latest development achievements and future plans on which the province is going to focus, Luo said that it has been 10 years since Guizhou start the implementation of its big data strategy in 2014. As the country's first comprehensive big data pilot zone, Guizhou's big data industry has grown from nothing to flourishing, achieving vibrant development.

"Over recent years, we have introduced a group of industry-leading enterprises, such as Huawei, Tencent, and the three major telecom operators, to build big data centers in Guizhou. We have a total of 47 key data centers that are either operational or under construction across the province. Additionally, we have completed the construction of a series of landmark digital new infrastructure projects, including the launch and entry into operation of national Internet backbone direct connection points and international Internet data private channels," he said.

"Last year, China Mobile built the world's first 400G computing power channel in the provincial capital city of Guiyang. Data transmission from Guiyang to Guangzhou and Shenzhen in south China now takes only 10 milliseconds, and to Hangzhou in east China, it takes 16 milliseconds," said the vice provincial governor.

Looking to the future, the province will invest unremitting efforts to develop emerging digital industries and create an optimal development environment for those industries, according to Luo.

"We will seize opportunities by focusing on 'three key areas': computing power, empowerment and industry to develop emerging digital industries such as artificial intelligence," he said.

"In terms of computing power, we will expand clusters of smart computing centers, enlarge the computing intelligence capacity, and establish internationally competitive smart computing hubs. In terms of empowerment, we will leverage Huawei Cloud Pangu large-scale models to drive industrial intelligence transformation, innovate tourism scenarios, and digitize rural development, thereby equipping various sectors with digital capabilities. For industry, we aim to establish three trillion-yuan-grade industrial clusters of 'data centers, intelligent terminals, and data applications.' By enhancing the industrial ecosystem, we will accelerate our pace in the new race of digital industries," Luo said.

Southwest China's Guizhou to focus on developing emerging digital industries: official

Southwest China's Guizhou to focus on developing emerging digital industries: official

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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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