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How Xi's Statements Transformed Online Services

Pub Date:17-04-18 15:56 Source:China Daily

On April 19 last year, President Xi Jinping called for informatization development and breakthroughs in core internet technology in China, while presiding over a symposium on the topic. One year later, we take a look at changes that have happened and how ordinary people have benefitted.


More than 61 million rural households had access to optical fiber network by the end of November in 2016, rising by 90 percent compared to that at the end of 2015. The central government and private sector companies invested over 30 billion yuan ($6.88 billion) to upgrade and build optical fiber network in villages in 2016. More than 90 percent of villages are expected to have access to optical fiber network by the second half of 2017.

Linking up more villages with optical fiber

More than 61 million rural households had access to optical fiber network by the end of November in 2016, rising by 90 percent compared to that at the end of 2015. The central government and private sector companies invested over 30 billion yuan ($6.88 billion) to upgrade and build optical fiber network in villages in 2016. More than 90 percent of villages are expected to have access to optical fiber network by the second half of 2017.

Broadband services in rural areas

More than 90 percent of impoverished villages in China are expected to have access to broadband internet services by 2020, according to a poverty relief action plan. The plan specifies tackling poverty through internet services on five major fronts: network facilities, mobile terminals, information content, e-commerce platform, and public services.

E-commerce pilot programs to reduce poverty

E-commerce poverty relief pilot programs have been launched in 428 impoverished counties. The first such pilot program was started in Longnan city, Northwest China's Gansu province, at the beginning of 2015. Two years later, 980 online shops were started in the city, increasing the revenue of 150,000 impoverished people at the end of 2016.

Youlegou, a targeted online poverty relief program, pools local produces from the villagers of East China's Jiangxi province and sells them online. By the end of 2016, there are 1,336 online shops for Youlegou in Jiangxi selling more than 2,000 varieties of agricultural produces with an accumulative sales volume of more than 60 million yuan.China's first provincial e-governance regulation

Eastern China's Zhejiang province announced a series of rules to make online filling of documents easier on March 28, 2017, people.com.cn reported.

Applicants can now submit application, provide signature and photograph electronically when doing business with the government, saving the necessity to go to offices in person.

Zhejiang became the first provincial unit nationwide to launch e-governance regulation system.

E-signatures have the same legal bearing as paper documents, according to the rules. The regulation also stipulated that applicants do not have to provide paper documents if they have completed the formalities online.

Smart city construction on fast track

The next time you visit a Chinese city, don't forget to visit the app store first and download a local app. You can check the arrival time of the next bus, make an appointment at a city hospital, and find parking spaces or shared bicycles -- all from your smartphone.

More than 500 cities have already finished or plan to complete the building of smart cities this year, according to official data. Over 300 cities have signed contracts with telecom operators to build a smart city and 290 of them have been selected as pilot smart cities in the country.

Smart city systems include managing traffic, stabilizing electric grids, allocating and coordinating emergency services, and providing more information to people than ever before.

Electronic prescriptions given in online hospital

The inability to provide medical prescriptions on the internet was one of the factors holding back the development of online hospitals, but Yunshan Medical in Shenzhen has broken down the barrier.

Yunshan Medical, a private internet hospital in Shenzhen's Futian district, officially opened its virtual doors on April 6, 2017.

Patients who visited a brick and mortar hospital can go to the online medical for further checkups and receive their prescriptions. Yunshan Medical also offers prescriptions to first-time patients if their illness is not too serious.

Doctors in Yunshan Medical come from several famous medical institutions including Peking University Health Science Center and Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Hospitals across the country receive more than seven billion visits every day, with nearly 60 percent of the visits being follow-up patients, according to data from the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Two thirds of the return visits can be handled online.

Rural residents get cured at home

In November 2016, Dong Wanyu living in a village in Chongqing found that she can get diagnoses online. Ninety-two-year-old Granny Chen, who lives 1,500 km away from Dong in Fujian province, also got her illness treated online for the first time in her life.

This was part of e-commerce giant Alibaba's health project, which aims to provide physical examinations, online treatment and healthcare information and services to more than 30,000 Taobao-related villages. The project is expected to benefit tens of millions of Chinese villagers.

Job opportunities

Thanks to the rapid development of China's e-commerce industry, 1,311 Taobao villages across the country are turning poor communities into huge online retail hubs, creating more than 840,000 job opportunities.

These villages are called Taobao villages because at least 10 percent of the population living in these rural communities makes its living by selling products online -- mostly on Taobao.com, the Alibaba-owned consumer-to-consumer marketplace. The e-commerce annual turnover of each village is no less than 10 million yuan.

Editor:Will

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