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The emerging service sector also grew very fast, Meng said.
In April, the information transmission industry, along with software and inform
ation technology services, grew 25 percent year-on-year, 17.6 percentage points higher than the national index of services.
Online retail sales amounted to 3.04 trillion yuan ($440.2 billion) in the first four m
onths, a year-on-year increase of 17.8 percent. Around 17.07 billion parcels were delivered, up 24.8 percent over last year.
She said the transformation of traditional industries is speeding up as they combine with information technology.
“Through implementing national big data and internet plus strategies, internet, big da
ta, and artificial intelligence technologies have been widely used in China’s real economy,” she said
peration in AI governance including laws and regulations, ethical norms and international rules,” Wang said.
The State Council issued a plan in 2017 that set benchmarks for China’s AI sector, with the value of core AI indu
stries predicted to exceed 1 trillion yuan ($145 billion) and make the country the global leader of AI innovation by 2030.
In December, Tianjin unveiled a three-year plan to boost the innovative development of seven AI-related indust
rial chains including independent and controllable information systems, smart security, big data, advanced co
mmunications, intelligent connected vehicles, industrial robots and intelligent terminals.
According to the plan, the government will build Tianjin into an AI in
novation center and a hub of AI industries and innovative applications by 2020.
detour before reaching a deal sooner or later, then the economic impact for consumers in China and t
he US, as well as other parts of the world, will be fairly costly, said Chen Wenling, chief econ
omist at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges.
Whether they buy finished products or goods made from r
aw materials and components, the tariffs still exist, Chen said.
The escalation will make goods produced by both countries less co
mpetitive and cause large-scale job losses, said Chen.
Wei Jianguo, former vice-minister of commerce, said economic conflict
s and trade friction between China and the US that draw global attention will happen fro
m time to time in the future, and these should be rationally regarded and prepared for.