Digitization improves Chinese people’s lives

BEIJING, October 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A People’s Daily report:

Navigation apps that show real-time traffic information and estimated travel time, virtual fitting rooms that help you get the best-fitting clothes you want when shopping online, and virtual museums where you can get closer to precious cultural relics at home… These scenarios are already part of the daily life of the Chinese.

As China intensifies its efforts to build a digital country, digital technologies are widely applied, bringing digital dividends to more and more people.

The country has further consolidated the foundations of its digital industrialization and accelerated the industrial digitalization process over the past ten years. China the digital economy has gone from 11 trillion yuan ($1.58 trillion) in 2012 to 45.5 trillion yuan Last year. Today, digital technologies reach every corner of the country and bring profound changes to the lives of Chinese people.

Over the past ten years, digitalization has made people’s lives easier.

From 2012 to 2021, internet penetration in China increased from 42.1% to 73%, with optical networks covering all prefecture-level cities. In addition, all administrative villages and villages that have emerged from poverty across the country have access to broadband.

From the end of July, China had 475 million 5G mobile users. The country is home to the largest 5G network in the world.

Thanks to the accelerated development of digital infrastructure, new technologies and new business models are emerging, such as the sharing economy, online retail and mobile payment.

The fruits of digital construction benefit all sectors of society. Today, people order food by scanning QR codes and pay their bills with facial recognition. Parking and waste sorting are also made smart with digital technologies.

In rural areas, farmers are selling agricultural products on live streaming platforms, and digital technologies are making traditional farming much smarter. More and more farmers are seeing their income increase thanks to digitalization.

Over the past ten years, digitalization has made services much more convenient for people.

Today, online and remote services are widespread in China. In the south China Hainan province, 18 city hospitals, 340 rural health centers and 2,700 village clinics have been equipped with 5G telemedicine devices. These devices can reduce average patient visit times by three to five hours and improve hospital efficiency by 30%.

China created the world’s largest online education platform and national medical insurance information platform. More than 90 percent of China counties and districts have access to telemedicine. During this remarkable decade, digital technologies have made important contributions to reducing urban-rural and inter-regional gaps in social service resources.

Over the past ten years, China brought huge improvements to digital government services. Digital government is an important part of China digital construction efforts. The application of digital technologies in government services is an effective measure to modernize the governance system and capacity, as well as an inevitable choice for China to meet the ever-increasing public demand for government services.

Currently, mobile government service platforms are present almost everywhere in the country, and people can shop through a single website and in any province of the country.

Nearly 90% of provincial-level administrative licenses can be applied for online, and applicants can receive licenses in at most one visit to relevant offices. The average processing time has been reduced by more than half.

According to a UN survey, China The e-government development index is the ninth highest in the world.

SOURCE People’s Daily

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