It has been revealed by The Register news outlet that China is planning to introduce a new 'Internet Plus' plan that will see the focus of the country shift from international to domestic technology adoption, in a bid to boost economic growth and enhance the international status of Chinese technology enterprises.
Whilst China is known for making bold statements about its future plans that are sometimes overly optimistic, this particular piece of news is significant as it shows that the country is keen to advance its industries with the use of modern tech.
Li Keqiang, the head of China's State Council, stated that: "We will develop the 'Internet Plus' action plan to integrate mobile internet, cloud computing big data, and the Internet of Things with modern manufacturing, to encourage a healthy development of e-commerce, industrial networks, and internet banking, and to get internet-based companies to increase their presence in the international market."
It is believed that the above sentiment is also shared by Pony Ma, the chairman of Tencent—the largest web portal enterprise in China. The above statement was made in a report by Li on 'The Work Of The Government' and also included written statements on nationwide "telecoms, radio, television and internet service over a single broadband connection" and to help "accelerate the development of fiber-optic networks" in the country.
The overall plan is to change China to a manufacturing superpower of quality goods, as opposed to a large quantity of goods and upgrade various industries. The report also goes into detail about developing "networking, digitalization and smart technologies" in the country.