The emerging service sector also grew very fast, Meng said.
In April, the information transmission industry, along with software and inform
ation technology services, grew 25 percent year-on-year, 17.6 percentage points higher than the national index of services.
Online retail sales amounted to 3.04 trillion yuan ($440.2 billion) in the first four m
onths, a year-on-year increase of 17.8 percent. Around 17.07 billion parcels were delivered, up 24.8 percent over last year.
She said the transformation of traditional industries is speeding up as they combine with information technology.
“Through implementing national big data and internet plus strategies, internet, big da
ta, and artificial intelligence technologies have been widely used in China’s real economy,” she said
f the year until July or August, when the market may see a recovery, Xu Haidong, assistant to
the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers’ secretary-general, told the newspaper.
The reason for the slowdown in China’s automotive market lies in the lack of consumer confidence, according to CA
AM. In addition, the upcoming stricter Nation VI emission standards, market expectation for the country’s stimulating spe
nding policy and a strong wait-and-see mood, are all contributing to the bleak picture, the association said.
With the actual policy effects from tax cuts and fees reduction
s, a promising consumer market boosted by infrastructure investment, the country’s a
utomobile market will have a stable development throughout the year, said the association.
detour before reaching a deal sooner or later, then the economic impact for consumers in China and t
he US, as well as other parts of the world, will be fairly costly, said Chen Wenling, chief econ
omist at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges.
Whether they buy finished products or goods made from r
aw materials and components, the tariffs still exist, Chen said.
The escalation will make goods produced by both countries less co
mpetitive and cause large-scale job losses, said Chen.
Wei Jianguo, former vice-minister of commerce, said economic conflict
s and trade friction between China and the US that draw global attention will happen fro
m time to time in the future, and these should be rationally regarded and prepared for.