Wang made the remarks while addressing the opening of a high-level forum on Asia-Europe digital connectivity in Qingdao of eastern China’s Shandong Province on June 19.

Wang said the forum is part of an important consensus reached at last year’s Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit. He said it is of great significance in boosting Asia-Europe digital economic development and tapping the potential for innovative growth.

He said China would make joint efforts with ASEM members to help build information infrastructure, enable countries to develop digital economies, and bridge the digital divide.

Wang proposed enhancing cooperation in customs, logistics, electronic payments and electronic certification, paperless trading and cross-border e-commerce, and the integrated development of digital economy and traditional industries.

“China will expand opening-up in areas such as telecommunication and the Internet in an active and prudent manner, and deepen digital industry cooperation with other countries,” he said. “China is committed to improving transparency and security of digital economic activities, to maintain fair and just market order and better protect legitimate interests of enterprises and users,” said Wang.

Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia Yim Chhay Ly hailed the forum a practice of the “Belt and Road” Initiative and “Digital Silk Road” notion, proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping. He said the forum is of great significance for ASEM members to explore the potentials of digital connectivity in promoting growth, job employment and innovation.

Governor of Shandong Province Gong Zheng said the forum has brought opportunities for the growth on digital economy in the province. Shandong will create favourable business conditions for investment from home and abroad.

CCPIT Chairman Jiang Zengwei addressed the opening of the forum, highlighting the forum is the first of its kind on the theme of digital economy under the framework of the Asia-Europe Meeting. It will be significant for foster digital connectivity and cooperation of ASEM members.

Themed at “Unleashing Potential for Innovative Growth”, the ASEM High-level Forum on Digital Connectivity includes four major topics for discussion, namely digital infrastructure construction, internet industry development and cooperation between Asia and Europe, cross border e-commerce as well as big data and industrial upgrading.

The forum is co-hosted by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Commerce and CCPIT.

More than 600 people from ASEM countries and international organizations attended the forum.

Source: CCPIT