ong the country’s top development priorities in the telecommuni
cations industry,” Zhang Feng, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Te
chnology, said on Friday during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.
Zhang called for accelerated efforts to set standards in key areas, including 5G, to expedit
e the commercialization of this forefront technology and bolster the nation’s core competitiveness.
Major Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co has a
lready unveiled its first 5G chip and first 5G foldable smartphone, the Mate X, which is
expected to hit the market in June, despite challenges involving the United States.
Also on Friday, shortly after the US said it would ban Huawei from buying US t
echnology without special approval, Huawei’s chipmaking arm, HiSilicon, said
f the year until July or August, when the market may see a recovery, Xu Haidong, assistant to
the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers’ secretary-general, told the newspaper.
The reason for the slowdown in China’s automotive market lies in the lack of consumer confidence, according to CA
AM. In addition, the upcoming stricter Nation VI emission standards, market expectation for the country’s stimulating spe
nding policy and a strong wait-and-see mood, are all contributing to the bleak picture, the association said.
With the actual policy effects from tax cuts and fees reduction
s, a promising consumer market boosted by infrastructure investment, the country’s a
utomobile market will have a stable development throughout the year, said the association.