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.
To encourage them to move, Guizhou authorities have used a better schooling for their children as bait,” said Zhang Qing of Guizhou’s provincial Education Department.
“More than 130,000 children will be enrolled in the 1,600 preschool facilities and primary and secondary schools near their urban s
ettlements. Also, 333 nurseries and junior high schools will be built to enroll some 50,000 relocated children,” Zhang added.
To promote educational development and cultivate more high-quality teachers in the country’s central and w
estern regions, China launched a State-level training program for rural primary and middle school teachers in 2010.
Primary school teachers in Guizhou have joined the training at Beijing Normal University.
In September 2014, President Xi Jinping met with teachers from Guizhou who were r
eceiving training at Beijing Normal University. The group of teachers later wrote a letter to Xi.
In a letter of reply to the Guizhou teachers, Xi asked them to lead education reform in poor areas.