the big data industry and is willing to share opportunities of the dig
ital economy’s development with other countries and jointly explore new growth drive
rs and development paths by exploring new technologies, new business forms and new models, Xi added.
With increasingly wider applications of digital technologies in China, the country is expected to genera
te and store 27.8 percent of global online data by 2025, up from 23.4 percent last year, according to a re
port by market researcher International Data Corp and data storage firm Seagate.
In comparison, the US share will stand at 17.5 percent by 2025, a drop from its 21 percent share in 2018, the report added.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that f
rom medicine to transportation to farming, big data presents the world with a r
emarkable tool to advance global progress, but with that opportunity also comes risk.
According to locals like Ahmat, the Lop Nur people fished for food in the area famous for the
vast Lop Nur lake, where historically the Tarim River ended. The lake dried up not long after the water in the
river had gone. As such, many fishermen packed away their rods and instead pursued herding and farming.
“When I was a child, I never ate fish. Nor did I ever see my grandfather or father go fishing,” says Ahmat.
When the ‘black storms’ struck, I could see nothing, and the shee
p couldn’t find their way home,” he recalled of the sandstorms in the old days.
“Nothing could be seen when a black storm hit, and nothing was left after the sto
rm,” says Wang Jianben, 74, who lives on a farm some 100 km away from Ahmat’s village.
“Most of the crops would be blown away, and the farmers had to replant the crops three to four times in a single spring.”
project, 95 percent of it provided by China through preferential and b
uyers’ loans. China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation, a State-funded policy-oriented i
nsurance company, provided insurance services for the project, which helped the local government sacure $680 milli
on in business loans from Chinese banks, greatly reducing pressure on the project’s financing.
Mozambique’s President, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, had long nursed ambitions of one day seeing a bridge lin
king Maputo city center and Katembe, and when it was finally opened in November he said it wou
ld greatly facilitate transport and connectivity between Mozambique and other parts of Africa.
Wang said the bridge will give great economic stimulus to Katembe, long underdeveloped because of its poor tran
sport access. It also eases demographic pressures on Maputo, a city with a population of 1.7 million.