China issues first big data report on Belt and Road Initiative

China released its first big data report on the Belt and Road Initiative –"Belt and Road in Big Data 2016" – in Beijing on Oct. 28.

It is an annual report that presents a comprehensive assessment of the implementation of the initiative and an authoritative evaluation of the cooperation between China and the 64 countries involved and the engagement of its 31 provinces.

The report, released by Du Ping, standing deputy director of the State Information Center (SIC), consists of two volumes: the first offers a comprehensive assessment of the building of the Belt and Road, and the second presents special analysis on important issues, such as international industrial cooperation, regional cooperation, internationalization of RMB and cross-border e-commerce, and puts forward some practical suggestions.

According to Du, there are more than 300 billion pieces of data in the report from domestic and foreign statistics agencies, news websites, social media and various other forums, over 5pb of which is original data, covering more than 60 countries and regions along the routes of the Belt and Road.

It shows that Russia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Pakistan and Indonesia are the five most cooperative countries in advancing the Belt and Road Initiative and that Guangdong, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Tianjin, Fujian, Jiangsu, Shandong, Henan, Yunnan and Beijing are the top ten most active participants in China.

In the implementation of the vision, industrial cooperation in automobile, construction materials, iron and steel, railway and information communication attract the most attention from overseas. Specifically, Southeast Asian countries care more about the automobile, iron and steel, electricity and information communication industries; countries in the Central and Eastern Europe are eager to absorb infrastructure investment from China, while industrial cooperation, automobile, real estate, highway and power grid construction are the main concerns for Northeast Asian countries.

Supervised by the General Office of Leading Group of Advancing the Building of the Belt and Road Initiative, the report was compiled by the SIC and published by the Commercial Press.

The Belt and Road Big Data Center is dedicated to building a state-level think tank decided to the initiative and vows to establish a database and a global platform to provide professional services for governments, enterprises and organizations involved in the initiative. It will also exert every effort to build the Belt and Road Initiative's official website - www.yidaiyilu.gov.cn.

Editor: Li Jing
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