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China to establish national commission for quantum computing standards

Updated: Aug 6,2018 8:23 PM     Xinhua

JINAN — A Chinese national technological commission for quantum computing and measurement is under construction to promote industrialization of quantum technology.

The commission will be built by Jinan Institute of Quantum Technology, and Shandong Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision. Preparation for the commission is estimated to take six months.

Quantum computing, measurement, and telecommunication have developed fast in recent years. Despite this, the quantum industries still lack official standards.

Quantum communication uses quantum entanglement of photons to make sure nobody taps into the line, which can corrupt the signal and potentially allow sensitive information to be leaked.

Jinan, capital of Shandong province, has established a quantum telecom network, providing a secure connection for communication between the Communist Party and government bodies.

The city unveiled a plan to build a quantum valley in May this year. By 2025, it aims to have an industry cluster worth over tens of billions of dollars.

A 2,000 km quantum communication line in China known as the Jing-Hu (Beijing-Shanghai) Trunk Line, connects Beijing, Jinan, Hefei, and Shanghai. The line is the world’s first trunk line for secure quantum telecommunications.

It is connected to the world’s first quantum satellite, which was launched by China in August 2016. The satellite is nicknamed “Micius”, after a fifth century B.C. Chinese philosopher and scientist who has been credited as the first person to conduct optical experiments.

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