Tuesday, 17 October 2017

China and Europe: a mutually beneficial ICT partnership

By Chen Lifang, Huawei
Thursday 09 January 14

'Pooling thought processes and resources can enable Europe and China to steer the global industry together...'

2014 represents a significant opportunity for Europe and China to work more closely together to help define and take a leading role in the future of the global ICT industry. The publication in late 2013 of the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, which focuses on areas such as trade and investment, research and innovation and energy management, has pushed discussions of a wide-ranging WTO-sponsored free trade agreement between both regions to centre stage. While there is clearly more work to do to formalize such an agreement this year, there is much that the information and communications technology (ICT) industry across the EU and in China can take from this landmark event. The $3.7 trillion global ICT industry is an enabler for nearly every other industry and touches every corner of the world…

2014 represents a significant opportunity for Europe and China to work more closely together to help define and take a leading role in the future of the global ICT industry. The publication in late 2013 of the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, which focuses on areas such as trade and investment, research and innovation and energy management, has pushed discussions of a wide-ranging WTO-sponsored free trade agreement between both regions to centre stage. While there is clearly more work to do to formalize such an agreement this year, there is much that the information and communications technology (ICT) industry across the EU and in China can take from this landmark event. The $3.7 trillion global ICT industry is an enabler for nearly every other industry and touches every corner of the world…

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