MIIT minister: China steadily ranks first in manufacturing and Internet
The press center of the 19th Party Congress held a press conference themed “taking a new road to industrialization” on October 19. Miao Wei, minister of Industry and Information Technology, said China has achieved considerable fruits in industrial and information fields; judging from comprehensive strength, China steadily stands in the first place in manufacturing and Internet worldwide.

Two years after the “Made in China 2025” plan was implemented, Miao Wei released five major achievements: top-level design of the plan was finished; the five big projects—the construction of industrial innovation center, artificial intelligence manufacturing, industrial bases construction, green manufacturing and high-end equipment manufacturing—were fully initiated at the end of last year; and 31 cities in China had been approved to become “Made in China 2025” demonstration cities.

Miao Wei emphasized that during the implementation of the plan, related policies would not only apply to all enterprises within Chinese territory, but treat domestic and foreign companies equally.

According to the minister, China has built cooperative mechanism with countries including the United States and Germany to set standards and construct industrial parks. It is hoped that industrial enterprises from all these countries would proactively participate in the implementation of the plan.

About improving people's livelihood, China has removed roaming charges for long-distance phone calls one month ahead of schedule. “Three communications companies have worked strenuously to meet the goal on September 1,” he said.

Miao disclosed that 4G users in China has shot up to 0.93 billion, occupying over 67 percent of all mobile phone users. All Chinese cities boast fiber optic network coverage, with the usage scale of optical broadband ahead of all other countries.

Miao Wei observed that the cut on fees have boosted usage, with network flow per capital shooting up from 300 megabytes to 1.8G today. With the booming of Internet connections, many innovative applications have gained popularity like shared bicycles and mobile payment. 

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