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.
tween China and economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative ex
ceeded $130 billion between 2013 and 2018, injecting new growth momentum into BRI-rela
ted countries and contributing to recovery of the global economy, senior Chinese officials said on Monday.
China’s direct investment in BRI-related countries grew by 5.2 percent a
nnually on average to surpass $90 billion between 2013 and 2018, Song Lihong, an officia
l in the Ministry of Commerce’s Comprehensive Department, said at a news conference.
Song said that in the same period, China had received a total of
$40 billion in inbound investment from BRI countries as two-way investment deepened.
Within the five years, the value of the projects completed
by Chinese companies in BRI economies amounted to $400 billion, Song said.
The value of trade in goods between China and BRI-related economies exceeded $6 trillion in the same period, an av
rage annual growth of 4 percent, higher than the overall growth of China’s foreign trade, he added.