Tencent CEO Ma Huateng said Tencent can answer the central government’s calls for industrial digitalization by serving as the country’s “digitalization assistant”. Speaking at the inaugural Digital China Summit in Fuzhou on Sunday, Ma said the summit brings the opportunity to help more people across the digital divide and make breakthroughs in core technologies, against the backdrop of the seven-year US export ban on components for ZTE.

In a letter to the Digital China Summit (the “Digital China Construction Summit” in Chinese), Chinese President Xi Jinping called for the development of new driving forces in the economy through informatization, to promote new development and make new achievements.

Ma Huateng, also known as Pony Ma, said that Tencent hopes to respond to the central government’s new instructions on promoting the digitization of the industry through “1357”. 1 is 1 project, to become the digitalization assistant for all industries; 3 is the three roles of connector, toolbox and ecosystem builder; 5 is the five remits of civic services, consumption, manufacturing services, health and environmental protection; and 7 refers to the seven tools of public accounts, mini programs, mobile payments, social media advertising, safety capabilities and something referred to as big-smart-cloud: big data, AI capabilities and cloud computing.

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