In April, China’s Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission and four other government departments released their 2023 Work Plan for Developing Digital Rural Areas.
The plan outlines goals for increasing digitization in China’s countryside. Digital technology will provide greater support for ensuring food security, reducing poverty and expanding prosperity.
Key targets include:
•Over 190 million rural broadband users.
•5G networks will mostly achieve full coverage of townships and suitable villages.
•26.5 percent of agricultural production will be digitized.
•E-commerce turnover of agricultural products will exceed $82 billion.
To meet these goals, the plan identifies 26 key actions like improving internet infrastructure and digitizing cultural resources in rural areas.