China seeks to gain a competitive advantage in the transport sector during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25) as part of a broader drive to foster green, smart and high-quality development over the long term. term. There are imbalances and shortcomings in the development of global transport, hence the urgency of promoting quality transport development.
China will strive to improve major transportation networks, build multi-layered and integrated comprehensive transportation hubs, build a globally competitive intelligent transportation system, and promote intelligent transformation and upgrading, digital and networked infrastructure of the country.
– Luo Guosan, Director of Infrastructure Development Department, National Development and Reform Commission
By 2025, the entire transport system will experience integrated development, substantial progress in green and smart development, an improved network of facilities and more efficient transport services. More than 95% of cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants will be covered by the high-speed rail network, with trains having top speeds of 250 kilometers per hour and more. By 2035, a comprehensive, convenient, cost-effective, green, smart, advanced and reliable national transportation network will be substantially complete.
Transportation investment is estimated to have risen 3.1% year-on-year to 3.58 trillion yuan ($564 billion) in China last year, providing strong support to boost economic growth and meet the basic needs of the population. Under the new plan, the Ministry of Transportation will make a big effort to promote balanced development, improve transportation hub systems, optimize transportation structure, and improve the efficiency of the comprehensive transportation network.
The administration will aim to better serve China’s major regional strategies and coordinated regional development strategies. China will accelerate the construction of four world-class airport hubs in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River Delta region, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle. The main objective is to continue to ensure aviation safety and promote the intelligent development of civil aviation.
Transportation should play a leading role in China’s modernization effort to better support major national strategies and overall economic and social development. Transformation towards a more innovative, digitized and integrated system, citing the unbalanced and inadequate development of the country’s transport system.
The country will expand network coverage in western regions, improve transport conditions in border areas and promote the integration of urban and rural transport. Efforts will be made to improve the global competitiveness of the intelligent transport system by equipping it with intelligent infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment.
The country will also expand the coverage of low-carbon transportation equipment, focusing on building charging facilities at central stations and highway service areas. During the period, the country will continue to promote the development of quality transport services to meet people’s diverse needs and expectations for a better life.
As OpenGov Asia reported, China aims to become the global leader in low-carbon technologies for a carbon-constrained world. China is now the world’s largest emitter of global warming gases, responsible for around 28% of total global emissions.
A white paper shows that artificial intelligence (AI) applications will help China cut more than 35 billion tons of carbon emissions by 2060, the year the nation has pledged to reach the carbon neutrality objective. At least 70% of China’s carbon reductions will involve AI-related technologies by 2060. The white paper was jointly published by research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) and a Chinese technology company that has dipped considerably into AI technology in recent years.
The document also estimates that cloud computing technology has helped the world reduce carbon emissions by as much as 26 million cars could exhaust in 2020. China has pledged to peak its carbon emissions d by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. The country has since adopted a series of policies, measures and actions to advance the reduction of carbon emissions despite economic challenges. China has also introduced new guidelines on reducing carbon emissions promoting the integration of carbon industry and technologies such as big data, AI and 5G.