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completed 5G call tests and more than 500,000 commercial 5G base stations are expected to be
built in South China’s Guangdong, North China’s Hebei, East China‘s Zhejiang and Jiangxi, and Central Chi
na’s Hubei provinces and the cities of Shanghai, Harbin, Tianjin, Chongqing and Wuhan in the future, the report said.
“With technologies and products related to the 5G network maturing, the main parts of the 5G ind
ustrial chain, including systems, chips and terminals, are ready for commercial use,” Wen Ku, a
spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said on Tuesday.
The report said the ministry, having made a general plan fo
r 5G application, is estimated to formally issue 5G licenses at some point this year.
ong the country’s top development priorities in the telecommuni
cations industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Te
chnology, said on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
Zhang called for accelerated efforts to set standards in key areas, including 5G, to expedit
e the commercialization of this forefront technology and bolster the nation’s core competitiveness.
Major Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co has a
lready unveiled its first 5G chip and first 5G foldable smartphone, the Mate X, which is
expected to hit the market in June, despite challenges involving the United States.
Also on Friday, shortly after the US said it would ban Huawei from buying US t
echnology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, said
tween China and economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative ex
ceeded $130 billion between 2013 and 2018, injecting new growth momentum into BRI-rela
ted countries and contributing to recovery of the global economy, senior Chinese officials said on Monday.
China’s direct investment in BRI-related countries grew by 5.2 percent a
nnually on average to surpass $90 billion between 2013 and 2018, Song Lihong, an officia
l in the Ministry of Commerce’s Comprehensive Department, said at a news conference.
Song said that in the same period, China had received a total of
$40 billion in inbound investment from BRI countries as two-way investment deepened.
Within the five years, the value of the projects completed
by Chinese companies in BRI economies amounted to $400 billion, Song said.
The value of trade in goods between China and BRI-related economies exceeded $6 trillion in the same period, an av
rage annual growth of 4 percent, higher than the overall growth of China’s foreign trade, he added.