CCTV Economic Channel put forward the special show "Fifth Anniversary of China's entry into WTO" from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on December 1 with 16 hours of continual live show. The show presented the fundamental and comprehensive changes that have taken place in both Chinese and worldwide economy since China's entry into WTO. As the only representative from Chinese phone industry, Xu Lihua, director of the board and general manager of Bird Co. attended the press conference of "Opportunities and Challenges in the Information industry" held at the Great Hall of People. There Mr. Xu met the vice minister of the Ministry of Information Jiang Yaoping, executives of the top four Chinese operators– the board director of China Mobile Wang Jianzhou, of China Unicom Chang Xiaobin, of China Telecom Wang Xiaochu, and CEO of China Netcom Zuo Xunsheng, as well as the president of Korean SKT Telecom Jing Xinpei. Together they discussed on the opportunities and challenges in the information industry over the past five years.
Jiang Yaoping, vice minister of the Chinese Ministry of Information, observed in his speech that China's information industry has made good use of the favorable opportunity of China's entry into WTO, turned challenges into opportunities with the active implementation of the "Going Out" strategy and thus started a new phase of opening up to the outside world. In China, the information industry has become the fundamental, leading and backbone industry which plays an increasingly more important role in promoting economic development, social stability and people's living standard. Based on their practical experience in the development of their own enterprises, the senior executives present at the meeting discussed the opportunities and challenges brought to the information industry since the WTO entry.
Bird chairman Xu Lihua delivered a keynote speech on the opportunities and challenges facing China's information industry, pointing out that China's entry into WTO only two years after the birth of domestic phones brought the emerging industry face to face with the fierce international competition. In the past five years, however, more international corporations have entered into Chinese market which stimulated the market demand and encouraged the increase of Chinese phone consumers. It was at this favorable time that the domestic phone industry seized its opportunity for rapid development and higher market share. Moreover, after China's entry into WTO, the domestic phones have been exported into the international market with increasingly higher quantities; and Bird alone had mounted the export figure from 180 thousand in 2002 to last year's 6.11 million. Chinese phones have achieved great success in both domestic and international markets.
Xu Lihua also stressed that challenges are even more enormous. With their brand and technical advantages, foreign brands made use of China's low cost by establishing research centers and factories, and consequently increased their competitiveness in both China and around world. As a result, domestic phone industry is faced with harsher competition in Chinese market and suffers from blocking in the international market, since the foreign brands possessed intellectual property rights and technical advantages. Therefore domestic phones have to, on the one hand, improve innovation ability and set up independent IPR, and on the other hand, go out to participate in the international competition. Besides, since it is still in the developing stage, domestic phones call for greater support from the country, the dealers and especially the customers.
Picture 1: Bird chairman Xu Lihua is giving a speech
Picture 2: Bird chairman Xu Lihua and others