China scores first success in building new infrastructure – Xinhua
A staff member checks equipment at a data center of China Mobile in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, May 24, 2022. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)
BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) — China has achieved initial success in building new infrastructure, which has greatly facilitated the country’s social and economic development over the past decade, officials said Monday.
Zhang Zhihua, an official with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said China has accelerated measures to modernize information infrastructure as well as promote infrastructure integration and innovation. .
The length of China’s fiber optic network has increased 2.7 times over the past decade, and the number of data center racks has exceeded 5.9 million, Zhang told a conference. Press.
Smart devices are integrated into various industries and businesses such as transport, energy supply and industrial production, as well as facilities concerning human well-being such as e-commerce, telemedicine and online education, a he declared.
In terms of innovation, Zhang said that up to 32 of China’s planned 77 national major science and technology infrastructure projects have been put into operation, while engineering research, technology and enterprise and industrial innovation were being created throughout the country.
Zhang particularly mentioned the progress of China’s “East data, west computing” project, a mega data project launched in February this year and designed for less-developed inland regions of the country to store and process data transmitted from the regions. economically advanced eastern countries.
In the “initial areas” of the project, construction has started on more than 60 new data centers, involving more than 1.1 million standard racks and more than 400 billion yuan (about $56.9 billion) , he said, noting that the proportion of data centers in the Western region has been steadily increasing.
Song Wen, an official with the National Energy Administration, revealed that with the energy industry seeking to shift to digital, internet-based and smart models faster, progress has been made in areas such as such as smart grid, mining and power generation. , as well as energy storage.
China’s power distribution automation system coverage rate has exceeded 90% by 2021, and the country has seen the completion of more than 800 smart mining sites and a number of power plants “5G plus” smart thermals, according to Mr. Song.
Zhang said the new infrastructure has greatly boosted China’s economic and social development by providing strong support for the exploration of new technologies, effectively supporting the development of the digital economy, and fully facilitating the improvement of the well-being of the population.
“While every cycle of scientific and technological revolution introduces new infrastructure, every cycle of infrastructure construction would bring about improved economic transformation,” he said, expressing optimism about the prospect of new investments in infrastructure.
With more supportive financial and tax policies in place, China will speed up the launch of a number of new infrastructure projects, according to Zhang.
He said to further support these projects, the NDRC will strengthen efforts to improve coordination and planning, increase expenditures and consolidate weak links.
Work will be carried out to improve backbone networks in medium and small towns in the central and western regions, bridge the digital divide and make industrial and supply chains more resilient, with priority given to new infrastructure that meet people’s urgent needs and stimulate the real economy, he said. ■