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|Tuesday, March 13, 2001, updated at 14:13(GMT+8)|
Sino-US Networking Symposium Opens in WashingtonMore than 50 Internet experts and government officials from China and the United States gathered Monday at suburban Washington, kicking off a three-day symposium on networking.
Major topics at the meeting include the network and its applications in the 21st century, Internet Two and its future, and potential cooperation between two countries' industries and academic organizations in information technology.
At Monday's meeting, Chinese experts outlined Internet development, e-commerce and legislative issues regarding the Net in China, and the problems affecting network's development pace. American participants delivered speeches on how to build a highly capable educational network with a university, a town or a city, the next generation network.
The experts also discussed the digital gap between the two countries. "The gap is a complex problem, not only of technology and infrastructure," said Dr Donald Riley, vice-president and chief information officer of University of Maryland.
"The symposium provides a forum for top networking leaders from China and the United States to share their knowledge and experiences, and an opportunity to develop partnership for further networking developments," said Shuigen Xiao, director of Chinese Association of Science and Technology, who co-chaired the meeting with Riley.
Two years ago, the association of Chinese scientists and engineers in the United States launched the first China-US network symposium, with the help of University of Maryland. Since then, participants from both sides had agreed to make the symposium an annual meeting, with the venue shifting between China and the US.
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