via Space Daily:
China will build a global quantum communication network by 2030, said a leading Chinese quantum physicist on Sunday.
“China’s quantum information science and technology is developing very fast and China leads in some areas in this field,” said Pan Jianwei, a Chinese quantum scientist and professor at the University of Science and Technology of China.
The field of quantum communication, the science of transmitting quantum states from one place to another, grabbed global attention in recent years after the discovery of quantum cryptography, which is described as a way of creating “unbreakable” messages.
China will achieve Asia-Europe intercontinental quantum key distribution in 2020 and build a global quantum communication network in 2030, said Pan at the 2014 International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing,which opened Sunday in east China’s Hefei city.