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The importance of international cooperation between the global port and shipping industry should be highlighted in the post-pandemic era, officials and maritime experts said on Wednesday.
"The global port and shipping industry should find its way to develop amid profound global changes not seen in a century, which were largely brought about by the pandemic," vice-governor of Zhejiang province Gao Xingfu said when addressing the main forum of the Sixth Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum, which kicked off on Wednesday in Ningbo.
Gao stressed the important role Ningbo Zhoushan Port plays in international cooperation. "It should take a larger part in national strategies such as the building of the Belt and Road and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road."
Located at the intersection of the Belt and Road and the Yangtze River Economic Belt, Ningbo Zhoushan Port, which consists of 19 port areas, is one of the world's busiest ports and has topped the world's annual cargo throughput 12 years in a row.
In the first three quarters of this year, the port has witnessed a cargo throughput of 923 million metric tons and handled 23.97 million twenty-foot equivalent units, up 4.1 percent and 12.2 percent respectively.
In a keynote speech to the main forum, Mao Jianhong, chairman of Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group, said it is a common aspiration for all members of the port and shipping industry to join together to face challenges, promote win-win cooperation, stabilize supply chains and build a high-quality partnership between the port and shipping industry.
A declaration, entitled the "Ningbo Declaration of Global Port and Shipping Industry to Embrace Changes, Face Challenges and Discuss Strategies", was released at the forum on Oct 20. It calls for efforts to enhance opening-up and cooperation between the port and shipping industry to further support the global economy and trade recovery.
The Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum, initiated in 2015, offers a broad platform for communicating and sharing the latest ideas, research results and development experiences of the port and shipping industry.
This year's event was held both online and offline, attracting more than 300 participants from over 40 countries and regions, including Mark Jackson, CEO of Baltic Exchange and Jonathan R. Goldner, vice-president of Maersk Group.
Two reports were also released at the forum — the Global Port Reputation Report (2021), and the Global Port Development Report.
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Chinese companies are speeding up their digital transformation and deploying innovative technologies including cloud computing, artificial intelligence and big data to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs, according to market research company International Data Corp.
"The next five years will be a golden period for pushing forward digitalization, and the governments around the world have attached great significance to digitalization," said Kitty Fok, managing director of IDC China, adding rapid development of the digital economy will bolster the advancement of digitalization.
Fok made the remarks during the 2021 IDC Digital Transformation Summit on Friday. She said 65 percent of global gross domestic product is projected to be digitized by 2022, and direct investment in digital transformation worldwide will surpass $6.8 trillion from 2020 to 2023.
More efforts must be made to enhance enterprises' organizational innovation abilities and technology architecture capacities, as well as to strengthen overall competitiveness in the process of digital transformation, Fok added.
China's information and communication technology market is expected to reach $711.1 billion in 2021, up 9.3 percent from 2020. The country's expenditure on digital transformation is estimated to reach $1.5 trillion in the 2021-2024 period, with an average annual growth rate of 17 percent, IDC said in an earlier report.
As of 2025, the digital economy is expected to account for 70 percent of the country's GDP, boosted by the "new infrastructure" and dual-circulation development paradigm, it added.
Wu Lianfeng, vice-president and chief research analyst of IDC China, said Chinese enterprises are facing unprecedented new challenges and more than 80 percent of enterprises are poor in digital resiliency.
Digital resiliency is the ability of an organization to rapidly adapt to business disruptions, leverage digital capabilities to maintain continuous business operations, and quickly adjust to take advantage of changed conditions.
The country's digital economy was worth nearly $5.4 trillion last year, ranking second in the world. That represented a year-on-year growth of 9.6 percent, the fastest in the world, said a white paper released by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, a government think tank.
Li Wei, deputy head of cloud computing and big data research at the CAICT, said the digitalization of enterprises serves as the cornerstone of the digital economy.
Enterprises should speed up the pace of digital transformation, concentrate on consumers' requirements, integrate online and offline channels, as well as promote the transformation and upgrade of traditional industries, Li said.
Amazon's cloud service platform, Amazon Web Services, is banking on the rapid growth of the cloud computing market in China and stepping up efforts to offer more cloud services and products to boost the digital transformation efforts of enterprises.
It plans to speed up the landing of new cloud services and functions in China in accordance with the demands of Chinese customers, and help Chinese enterprises digitize their operations and enhance working efficiency.
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Chinese home appliances maker Midea Group has launched its first version of internet of things operating system, backed by Huawei's HarmonyOS, according to the company.
The IoT operating system would help link smart home appliances made not only by Midea but also by other manufacturers, providing an all-new solution to smart home appliance ecosystem, said Xiang Jiangxu, vice-president and chief technology officer of Midea IoT.
"The IoT operating system would help reduce costs of linking between different products and brands and increase coordinative innovation in the smart home appliances industry," said Xiang.
The system was launched during Midea's intelligent conference, which was held recently in the company's innovation center in Foshan, Guangdong province.
"For users, the system would help realize the distributed and independent collaboration between various home appliances, providing more convenient and intelligent services," Xiang said.
In September last year, Huawei unveiled an updated version of HarmonyOS 2.0, which is designed for the era of internet of things, and it can be used in devices such as Huawei's smartwatches and in-car systems, as well as home appliances from third-party companies.
In an early interview in May, Xiang said the HarmonyOS operating system would cover almost all categories of Midea's products, namely about 200 varieties within this year.
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HTC Corp has launched a pair of virtual reality glasses, the Vive Flow, which is compact, lightweight and immersive. The announcement comes as part of the company's broader drive to build a VR ecosystem covering VR-related hardware, software and content.
Designed with comfort and portability in mind, Vive Flow lets people find moments throughout their daily lives to relax, refresh and restore.
"Meditation, gentle stretches, brain training, streaming our favorite shows or even meeting friends or coworkers in VR with Vive Sync can all be enhanced by a device light and compact enough to fit in our pocket. Vive Flow represents the next evolution of technology as we take a more holistic view of how we can make life better," said Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO of HTC.
"With Vive Flow, HTC is taking technology in a new direction, focusing not on what we do, but how we feel."
Alvin Graylin Wang, president of HTC China, said Vive Flow represents another milestone in the VR industry, as it features a compact and portable appearance while providing a VR experience based on spatial location, which will allow more users to access the VR technology and enjoy better lives.
In addition, HTC has cooperated with China Telecom to accelerate the application of immersive VR products in the 5G era.
With Vive Flow, people can dive into a range of immersive experiences via the Vive port app store, connect wirelessly to 5G-compatible Android smartphones and stream content like TV shows and films from their favorite platforms.
Priced at $499, the Vive Flow weighs about the same as a chocolate bar and its dual-hinge design and soft face gasket allow it to fold into a compact shape for effortless portability.
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China's smart cities should focus on long-term for efficient and sustainable development, industry experts said.
Shan Zhiguang, director of Information and Industrial Development Department of State Information Center and also director of the State Information Center Smarter City Development and Research Center, said at the 2021 Smart City Expo that China's smart city construction has achieved remarkable results, however, problems such as vague operation mode, insufficient social capital involvement have emerged. The issues are hindering China's new-type smart city development.
"The development of smart city should shift from construction-oriented to long-term operation-oriented, to realize sustainable development," he said.
He said the long-term operation of smart cities centers on user services, and gives full play to the decisive role of market in resource allocation, and promotes the synchronization of technology, business, and management through the construction of a diversified operating ecology.
Wang Zhaojin, senior vice-president of Shanghai-based Wondersgroup, said the long-term operation of smart city should center on people, and aim at building smart cities that improve people's livelihood and satisfy people's needs. Smart cities should also take advantage of digital driving force to comprehensively improve their operation efficiency and livability.
"In addition, a clear operational guarantee mechanism should be established, to plan on the long-term operation of smart city development," he said.
Citizen Cloud, a smart city platform developed by Wondersgroup, serves as a great example of long-term smart city operation. Currently, the platform covers 26 cities and 150 million users in China. The platform is based on the public's real needs, and offers public services related to healthcare, food, travel, living, work, sickness and death. It increases cities' governance level by offering better services.
A report on the long-term operation of China's smart city development was jointly released by the State Information Center Smarter City Development and Research Center and Wondersgroup, offering detailed suggestions. The report is available on the State Information Center's official website.