A month after Apple revealed its plan to open its first China-based data center in Guizhou, the Guizhou provincial government announced today (in Chinese) that it is setting up a “leading small group” dedicated to advancing Apple’s iCloud project.

This marks another step forward for the Apple-Guizhou data collaboration run by Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry, a data management firm with backing from the Guizhou government. The announcement, released on the website of Guizhou Provincial People’s Government, says that the leading small group will “plan and advance the landing and building of Apple’s iCloud project, deepen collaboration with Apple, meet to advance the project upon circumstances, and solve key issues arising from the project.”

Guizhou, located in the southwestern hinterland of China, is ideal for setting up a data center. “Naturally, it is immune to solar storm and sunspot activity. Socially, it is so remote that crimes and attacks are rare. Its mild average temperature also yields lower energy consumption,” a government official from the state security unit told TechNode.

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Rita Liao

Telling the uncommon China stories through tech. I can be reached at ritacyliao [at] gmail [dot] com.