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The State Council Information Office held a press conference on Sept. 17 in Beijing to brief the media on issues regarding the 3rd Digital China Summit.

China.org.cnUpdated: September 22, 2020

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Speakers:

Yang Xiaowei, vice minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China;

Zhao Long, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee, vice governor of Fujian province;

You Mengjun, deputy secretary of the CPC Fuzhou Municipal Committee, mayor of Fuzhou Municipal People's Government;

Shen Zhulin, deputy director general of the Department of High-Tech Industry of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC);

Xie Shaofeng, spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), director of MIIT's Department of Information Technology Development.

Chairperson:

Shou Xiaoli, spokesperson for the State Council Information Office.

Date:

Sept. 17, 2020


Shou Xiaoli:

Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Welcome to this press conference held by the State Council Information Office (SCIO). The 3rd Digital China Summit will take place in October in Fuzhou, the capital of east China's Fujian province. Today, we are delighted to be joined by Mr. Yang Xiaowei, vice minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China; Mr. Zhao Long, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee and vice governor of Fujian province; Mr. You Mengjun, deputy secretary of the CPC Fuzhou Municipal Committee and mayor of Fuzhou Municipal People's Government; Mr. Shen Zhulin, deputy director general of the Department of High-Tech Industry of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC); and Mr. Xie Shaofeng, spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and director of MIIT's Department of Information Technology Development. They will brief you on issues regarding this year's summit and answer your questions.

Yang Xiaowei:

Ladies and gentlemen, friends from the media, good afternoon. First, I would like to thank you for your interest in the 3rd Digital China Summit. The previous two summits have played a significant leading role in promoting both the application of information technology in China and the development of a "digital Fujian."

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020 has brought unprecedented disruption to economic and social development. Due to its impact, the 3rd Digital China Summit, which was originally slated to open in April, was unable to be held as scheduled.

At present, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core and with the joint efforts of people across the nation, China has taken a major step forward in its nationwide virus control efforts. The economy is developing in a steady manner, and the normal order in work and daily life has been fully restored. With the approval of the CPC Central Committee, the 3rd Digital China Summit will be held in the city of Fuzhou from Oct. 12 to 14. This year's summit is co-organized by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), NDRC, MIIT, and People's Government of Fujian Province; and will be hosted by the Fuzhou Municipal People's Government and relevant institutions. General Secretary Xi Jinping made important instructions on developing a "digital Fujian" back on Oct. 12, 2000 when he worked in the province. This October marks the 20th anniversary of the province's digital agenda, and the summit's opening ceremony will take place on Oct. 12, the same day the instruction was made 20 years ago.

General Secretary Xi Jinping recently chaired a symposium on economic and social work, and made the significant assessment that China's development is entering a new stage. He stressed establishing a new development pattern which takes the domestic market as the mainstay, while allowing domestic and foreign markets to boost each other. Currently, China has taken a major step forward in its nationwide virus control efforts, and has made significant progress in coordinating prevention measures with economic and social development. The year 2020 marks the successful conclusion of both the 13th Five-Year Plan and the dawn of the 14th Five-Year Plan. This year's Digital China Summit will thus further boost all sectors' creativity and their active participation in building a "digital China," and is of crucial importance in unleashing the potential of the nation's digital development.

The theme of the 3rd Digital China Summit is "digital transformation driven by innovation; high-quality development led via intelligence." The summit aims to act as a platform which releases national policies on information technology; showcases the latest achievements of "digital China"; boosts communication regarding theories, experiences and practices of e-government and digital economy; and promotes global cooperation to build a "digital China" and "digital Silk Road." The summit, to be held both online and offline, will consist of seven sessions: opening ceremony, main forum, sub-forums, exhibition, innovation contest, launch event for application scenarios, and closing ceremony. In the meantime, a series of events commemorating 20 years of digital development in Fujian will also be held to review the digital progress in the province and look ahead to the country's digital agenda.

The 3rd Digital China Summit will commence in less than a month, with preparations for the event progressing steadily. The organizing committee will strictly observe the central Party leadership's eight-point decision on improving work conduct, implement regular prevention and control measures, and ensure the summit is economic, efficient and safe. People from all sectors are very much welcome to participate. Let's look forward to the successful convening of the 3rd Digital China Summit. Thank you.

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