China Focus: ROK journalists impressed by China's development -Xinhua

China Focus: ROK journalists impressed by China's development

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2024-07-05 22:12:00

NANJING, July 5 (Xinhua) -- A media delegation of six members from the Republic of Korea (ROK) last week visited Beijing and Yancheng, east China's Jiangsu Province, marveling at the country's rapid development.

The delegation visited Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motor Co., Ltd., a joint venture established by Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor Corporation, China's Jiangsu Yueda Investment, and ROK automaker Kia, in Yancheng in 2002.

The assembly line at Kia's factory in Yancheng is highly automated, requiring only a few workers. The plant is able to produce a car every 50 seconds on average.

Kim Gapbong, managing editor of Incheon Today, was intrigued by an electric vehicle (EV) at the plant's exhibition hall. The car, the latest model that has been on sale since February, can run up to 720 km per charge.

"China has the most advanced EV technologies in the world," said Choi Daeyul, a reporter for Asia Business Daily who has been covering the automobile industry for years.

Choi said that China has progressed in leaps and bounds in the EV era. "Hopefully more enterprises from the ROK will deepen their cooperation with Chinese companies to attain win-win results."

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain tensions, China's new energy industry has demonstrated strong resilience and potential. Data from the National Energy Administration shows that China accounted for over 50 percent of the 510-gigawatt increase in the world's newly installed renewable energy capacity in 2023.

Members of the delegation also said that the soaring development of China's clean energy industry, including the NEV sector, could not be achieved without intelligent and effective production.

Their words rang true during their visit to Tongwei Solar (Yancheng) Co., Ltd., which boasts an annual capacity of 36 gigawatts of photovoltaic modules.

The company's smart factory has achieved full-process automation, with the deep integration of logistics and information flows in terms of digitalization, intelligence and automation, said Zhai Xujin, general manager of the enterprise.

The delegation also paid a visit to the Tiaozini wetland in Yancheng. Lying at the halfway point of the East Asia-Australasia Flyway, a busy migratory route taken by 50 million waterfowl every year, the Tiaozini wetland is a wonderland for birds and avian enthusiasts alike. China and the ROK are both important stops on the flyway.

In 2019, the migratory bird sanctuaries along the coast of the Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf (Phase I) in Yancheng, including the Tiaozini wetland, were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a natural site.

"It is very healing to see thousands of birds here, and to appreciate the importance China attaches to ecological conservation," said Bae Yunju, a reporter for the Ulsan Broadcasting Corporation.

Natural ecosystems are often destroyed during rapid economic development, but the ROK and China are restoring tidal flats, wetlands, rivers and other areas vulnerable to human activities to their original state through joint efforts, Kim said, adding that he hoped the ROK and China would strengthen exchange and cooperation on ecological protection in the future.