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Sunday, May 26, 2019, 18:49
Xi congratulates opening of big data expo
By Xinhua
Sunday, May 26, 2019, 18:49 By Xinhua

BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the China International Big Data Industry Expo 2019, which opened in the city of Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou province, on Sunday.

"The new generation of information technology, represented by the Internet, big data and artificial intelligence, is booming at present and has significant and profound impacts on the economic development, social progress and people's lives of all countries," Xi said.

The China International Big Data Industry Expo 2019 will feature nine high-level dialogues, including one on big data and global efforts on poverty alleviation, as well as more than 50 forums

Different countries need to strengthen cooperation, deepen exchanges, grasp the opportunities of digital, internet-based and intelligent development, and properly address the legal, security and governance challenges in the development of the big data industry, he said.

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Total 448 enterprises from 59 countries and regions will attend the four-day expo, according to the organizers.  Among them are more than 150 foreign companies, including 39 Fortune 500 firms.

The expo will feature nine high-level dialogues, including one on big data and global efforts on poverty alleviation, as well as more than 50 forums. The expo will also include a global competition on artificial intelligence and autonomous driving.

China attaches great importance to the development of the big data industry, the Chinese leader said in the congratulatory letter.

He said China is willing to share opportunities of the digital economy's development with other countries and jointly explore new growth drivers and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models.

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Xi expressed his hope that delegates and guests at the expo discuss plans for the industry's development and cooperation in the field to contribute to the common development of all countries and the building of a community with a shared future for humanity.

Since 2015, the expo, the first of its kind in China, has been held four times in Guiyang. Last year, the expo attracted over 40,000 participants from nearly 30 countries.

As China's first big data pilot zone, the mountainous province of Guizhou has attracted heavyweight players, including Apple, Qualcomm, Huawei, Tencent, Alibaba and Foxconn, to establish cloud computing and big data centers as well as regional headquarters.

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