China: Insurance Giant Ping An Releases “White Paper on Smart Cities,” Advocates for Blockchain

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China’s Ping An Insurance, one of the world’s largest insurance company groups, has released a “White Paper on Smart Cities,” advocating for blockchain tech, AI, big data, and cloud computing, People’s Daily reports August 22.

Ping An Insurance, a Chinese conglomerate with operations in insurance, banking, and financial services, was ranked the third most valuable global financial services company in the world as of May 2018.

According to People’s Daily, the company released its “White Paper on Smart Cities” on August 21. The reported goal is to “help the government to create a new model of “city as a service” governance” and to “propose a comprehensive, systematic, highly-recognized methodology and solution, with “wisdom, [and intelligence]” as the main line of thinking.” The document adds:

“In promoting the development of “smart city”, Ping An puts forward the system of [intelligence] in the perspective of service and creativity, and promotes it with practice. At present,