tions Research Institute, said that against the backdrop of growing globa
l discord, Xi’s visit demonstrates the strategic relationship of the two countries.
During Xi’s visit, the two leaders will attend a series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilater
al ties, which will include the official opening ceremony of a panda facility at Moscow Zoo, Zhang said. A pair of gia
nt pandas were delivered to Moscow Zoo in April for research cooperation.
St. Petersburg State University, Putin’s alma mater, will award Xi an h
onorary doctorate during the visit, Zhang said. P
utin was granted the same honor by Tsinghua University, Xi’s alma mater, in April.
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.