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Internet a new boost to cross-Straits economic growth, exchange: official

chinadaily.com.cn Updated: 2015-12-16

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Ren Xianliang, vice-minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China, speaks at a forum on the sideline of the Second World Internet Conference held in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang province, on Dec 16, 2015. [Photo/ce.cn]

The Internet has connected the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and is a new force driving economic growth and promoting exchange, said a senior Chinese cyber official at a forum of the 2nd World Internet Conference (WIC) on Dec. 16.

Ren Xianliang, vice-minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China, called for deepened cooperation, exchange and coordinated development in the Internet field between the Chinese mainland and the other three areas.

The Cross-Straits and Hong Kong, Macao Internet Development Forum, which opened in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, has three sessions, namely “media transformation in the mobile era”, “R&D and cooperation in smart terminals”, and “mobile commerce and cross-border cooperation”.

Tsai Eng-meng, chairman of the food manufacturer Want Want Group, expected to explore new opportunities for future development and learn from other participants at the WIC. “We won’t return empty-handed,” said Tsai.

The WIC opened in Wuzhen on Wednesday morning and will last through Friday. It has brought together more than 2,000 state leaders, government officials, business leaders, Internet titans, and experts from more than 120 countries.

Its ten forums cover a variety of topics, including Internet culture and communication, innovation and development, digital economic cooperation, the Internet plus, the digital Silk Road, cyber security and cyberspace governance.

China reported 668 million Internet users in July, the largest number of any country in the world, with all its cities and towns, as well as 93.5 percent of its villages, having access to the Internet.

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