the big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the dig
ital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new growth drive
rs and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models, Xi added.
With increasingly wider applications of digital technologies in China, the country is expected to genera
te and store 27.8 percent of global online data by 2025, up from 23.4 percent last year, according to a re
port by market researcher International Data Corp and data storage firm Seagate.
In comparison, the US share will stand at 17.5 percent by 2025, a drop from its 21 percent share in 2018, the report added.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that f
rom medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a r
emarkable tool to advance global progress, but with that opportunity also comes risk.
uled to become a shareholder of the joint venture by the end of 2019, holding at least 1 percent of i
ts equity. According to Chinese norms, it is mandatory for international brands to produce vehicles in China bearing its names.
Luca de Meo, CEO of SEAT, said: “China is the benchmark country for electric vehicles. We aim to be a part of this ecos
ystem in order to exchange knowledge and make progress in achieving global mobility that is more sustainable.”
Currently, JAC, Volkswagen and SEAT are building a 4 billion yuan ($579 million) research and development center in Hefei, which is expected to open in 2021.
JAC and SEAT also plan to develop their own platform for smaller electric cars, a segment that is growing faster than the large-sized ones in China.
“The close cooperation between SEAT and JAC will allow us to create synergies, which wil
l significantly increase our market coverage,” said Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, who is also chairman of SEAT.
technologies that it enables, are harnessed for the benefit of mankind while minimizing the risks to develo
pment, peace and security and human rights,” Guterres said in a congratulatory letter to the expo.
Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, said China has already made signif
icant progress in bolstering the big data industry with a string of big data platforms established in sec
tors such as manufacturing, commerce, finance, transportation and medical care.
“We will make a fresh push to integrate cutting-edge information technologies into the real econo
my, including establishing a national industrial data center, to better power the country’s sp
rawling manufacturing sector,” Miao said at the opening ceremony of the big data expo.
According to the ministry, China’s digital economy reached a total volu
me of over 31 trillion yuan ($4.5 trillion), or 34.8 percent of its GDP, in 2018.