Leading technologies targeted in plan

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 November, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 November, 2000, 12:00am

Updated at 11.25am, Friday:
Beijing will target eight areas of cutting-edge technologies in its tenth five-year plan (2001-2005) to boost the country's overall competitiveness on the international market.?

China News Service reported on Wednesday that information technology, biological technology and new materials technology topped the national priority list unveiled by Deng Nan, vice minister of the Sciences and Technology.

Gaining a strong foothold on the future technologies is strategically important to the nation, Madam Deng said at a recent national sciences and technology working meeting in Beijing.

During the upcoming five-year plan, the central government will push for more innovations and the adoption of new technologies on the mainland. She pledged that the government will offer more favourable policies to promote the commercialisation of new technologies.

Advanced machinery and automation technologies, environmental protection technologies, aviation and space technologies, resources and energy development technologies as well as advanced national defence technologies are the other areas the mainland will focus on, according to Madam Deng .

With abundant manpower resources, China will also develop more world class manufacturing bases equipped with advanced and sophisticated technologies, Madam Deng said.??

The Five-year Plan was first adopted in 1953 and interrupted with three years of adjustment from 1963 to 1995. The tenth five-year plan will start next year.