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um for Asia, that China will grant 5G licenses this year, but didn’t disclose a specific date.
“5G, industrial internet and the internet of vehicles are among the country’s top development priorities in the teleco
mmunications industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, sa
id on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
Zhang called for accelerated efforts to set standards in key areas, including 5G, to expedite th
e commercialization of this forefront technology and bolster the nation’s core competitiveness.
Major Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co has already unveiled its first 5G chip and first 5G fol
dable smartphone, the Mate X, which is expected to hit the market in June, despite challenges involving the United States.
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.
yers say the Home Secretary would have some leeway in deciding which takes priority. Considera
tions would usually include which request came first, and which alleged crime was more serious.
Most of the lawmakers who signed the letter are from the opposition Labour Party, whose leader, Jere
my Corbyn, wants Britain to refuse to send Assange to the US After Assange’s arrest, he prai
sed Assange for exposing US atrocities committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Some Conservative Party members are also backing the move. Prom
inent lawmaker Alistair Burt, a former Foreign Office mini
ster, said the “minimizing of the issues in relation to sexual assault are really quite disturbing.”
He said the testimony of the women who have been involv
ed makes it “essential” that Assange face justice to either be cleared or convicted.
Assange, 47, has denied the sexual misconduct allegations, which he claims are politically motivated.