s become a driving force behind economic growth, and interne
t companies should concentrate on making breakthroughs in core technologies.
“The country is narrowing the gap with developed countries, especially in autonomo
us driving, cooperative vehicle-infrastructure systems and intelligent transportation. We started a little late, but o
ur pace is faster and our potential is bigger,” said Robin Li, chairman and CEO of leading Chinese search engine Baidu Inc.
He noted that AI will have an impact on the internet and China should firmly grasp the historic opportuni
ties of AI, and the country’s efforts in technological innovations will begin gradually changing the world.
Pony Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent Holdings Ltd, said the e-government is becoming the driving force for cons
truction of a digital China and high-quality social and economic development, and internet firms should co
nsolidate basic research and focus on making breakthroughs in core technologies.
China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead
of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.
The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful
development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep
ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”
“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum
game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.
The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i
tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.
It’s a Sunday afternoon and Yang Haisong seems to be in a chipper mood. Under a blazing sun on a warm day in Beijing he sit
s on the side of a road smoking a cigarette. Yang, a founding member of the Chinese rock band P. K. 14 and its l
ead vocalist, is taking a break from activities in Free Sound, a record store in which he has been talking to fans about th
e band’s seventh studio album, What We Talk About When We Talk About His Name.
Yang hails from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and it was there that P.K. 14 was formed nearly 22 y
ears ago before going on to become one of the most influential rock bands in China’s indie rock scene.
“I love record stores,” Yang, 46, says. “Of course listening to music
online through streaming services is incredibly conven
ient, but when I hold cassette tapes or vinyls in my hands I feel this connection with the music.”
The band’s latest album, released on Oct 14, 2018, was recorded in Be
rlin, and in addition to being streamed online, it was distributed on record and cassette.