China’s tech heavyweights said the digital economy ha

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.

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Core technologies to better drive digital shiftShijia and Hu

More efforts are needed to make breakthroughs in core technologies, advance infor

mation infrastructure construction and provide further impetus to the digital transformation of ind

ustries, said a senior official at the Second Digital China Summit, which opened in Fuzhou, Fujian province, on Monday.

Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and head of the Pu

blicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, called for more work to accelerate the research and de

velopment of 5G, as well as promote the building and application of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System.

Huang said achieving breakthroughs in core technologies should be the top pri

ority, with innovation fully pursued and intellectual property rights better protected.

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