China is expected to generate 48.6 zettabytes (48.6 trillion gigabytes) of data in 2025, while the number for the US is forecast to be
30.6ZB, according to a study by the International Data Corporation (IDC) and data storage firm Seagate, a CNBC report said.
In addition, the global total amount of new data generated is set to grow from 33ZB in 2018 to 175ZB by
2025, with data collected from entertainment platforms, video surveillance footage, internet-co
nnected devices, productivity tools and metadata contributing to most of the growth, according to the report.
In the race for data, which, as IDC analysts put in their report, is
“at the heart of this digital world” and “a company’s most valuable intangible a
sset, which can create a competitive edge in digital transformation”, there is already a victory sign coming from China.
The country generated about 7.6ZB data last year, around 0.7ZB more than the US, the report said.
echnology sectors of Hong Kong and the mainland, facilitating more career opportuniti
es for Hong Kong local talent as well as offering a larger market for knowledge transfer.
Tam Yiu-chung, a Hong Kong member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislat
ure, estimated that the plan would lay out development priorities for the area, and the key tasks each city should carry out.
Hong Kong will thus have a clearer direction for future development, and better understand how it can fully contribute, Tam said.
The Greater Bay Area encompasses Hong Kong and Macao, as well as nine cities in Guangdon
g province: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhongshan, Foshan, Zhaoqing and Jiangmen.
In 2017, the 11 cities produced one-eighth of China’s gross domestic product while containin
g only 5 percent of the nation’s population and only 0.6 percent of China’s total landmass.
The bureau is soliciting public opinion on the draft until Feb 20.
With the new standard, major polluting gas from light-duty vehicles, including ca
rbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, will be reduced by about 50 percent and em
issions of particulate matter will be reduced by about 40 percent, according to the bureau.
For heavy-duty diesel-powered trucks, the emissions of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter are expected to drop by more than 60 percent, it said.
Mobile sources, mainly vehicles, contributed 45 percent of locally generated
hazardous particles known as PM2.5 in 2017, outnumbering all other types of sources, according to the bureau.
Beijing has seen continuous improvement in its air quality. The PM2.5 density in th
e capital in 2018 stood at 51 micrograms per cubic meter, down by 12.1 percent year-on-year.
Officials and experts have said, however, it could be increasingly challe
nging for the city to further reduce air pollution after the local government has taken all ma
jor measures that could achieve quick results, including the shifting of bulk coal to clean energy as a heating source.
SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in will consult with U.S. President Donald Trump in the near future on th
e second summit between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said Sunday.
Kim Eui-keum, Blue House spokesman, told a press briefing that the leaders of South Korea and the United States will make a d
iscussion on the second DPRK-U.S. summit in the near future, saying the exact schedule will be unveiled as soon as preparations are made.
Moon and Trump would reportedly have a phone conversation in the foreseeable future.
The Moon-Trump dialogue would come after top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and Trump agreed to meet again later this mon
th in Hanoi, Vietnam. Kim and Trump held their first summit in Singapore in June last year.
Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for DPRK affairs, visited Pyongy
ang earlier this week to consult with his DPRK counterparts on the planned second Kim-Trump summit.
The Blue House spokesman said he heard that Pyongyang and Washington had a
greed to continue negotiations at a third country in Asia in the week beginning Feb. 17.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wi
ll have talks in the near future, while Chung Eui-yong, top Blue House national security advisor, will cl
osely exchange information with White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, the spokesman added.
In Pyongyang, Biegun and Kim Hyok Chol, DPRK’s special representative for US affairs, discussed “advancing Trump and Kim’s
Singapore summit commitments of complete denuclearization, transforming US-(DPRK)
relations, and building a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula,” the US State Department said in a statement.
Trump and Kim met for their first summit in Singapore last June, during which Kim pledged to work toward the “co
mplete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, without providing a clear timetable or roadmap.
US-led diplomacy aimed at getting the DPRK to abandon its nuclear program in return for outside concessions has since made little headway.
Calling the AU a banner that unites the African countries to pursue self-renewal, Xi praised th
e integration process of the continent and the great headway made since last year under the guidance of the organization.
African countries continue to speak with a united voice on important internatio
nal and regional issues, and the international influence of the continent keeps rising,