Innovation becomes new growth engine |


Innovation becomes new growth engine

Updated: Jun 20, 2018 By Cheng Yu China Daily Print


Visitors take part in a new energy auto show in Haikou, South China's Hainan province. [Photo/Xinhua]

The industrial and telecommunications segment has maintained a momentum of steady and sound growth with innovative industries driving new growth engines.

Some promising signs can be found in the growth momentum of an array of emerging innovative sectors as data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that sales of new energy vehicles, integrated circuits and industrial robots grew 56.7 percent, 17.2 percent and 35.1 percent year-on-year respectively in May.

Mao Shengyong, the bureau's spokesman, noted that new driving forces have grown vigorously with the deep promotion of supply-side structural reform, providing favorable support to industrial growth.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the information and telecommunications sector has played an important role in driving the industrial economy.

In the first quarter of this year, information consumption witnessed stable growth, as epitomized by the increase of the nation's telecom revenue of 5.1 percent year-on-year.

"The nation's telecom industry is expected to continue stable growth in the coming months despite the ongoing trade friction between the US and China," said Xiang Ligang, a telecom industry expert. "The trade war has in turn strengthened the nation's determination to develop core technologies and encouraged telecom operators and equipment makers to make innovations," he added.

Driven by such innovations, major telecom operators also reported solid profit growth in the first quarter of this year.

China Mobile Communications Corp reported that its revenue was 185.5 billion yuan ($28.7 billion) in the first three months of 2018, an increase of 0.8 percent year-on-year. China Unicom said its net profit exceeded 1.3 billion yuan in the first quarter of this year, up 374.8 percent year-on-year.

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