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China plans to be a software giant

March 06, 2006 17:56 IST

China has announced a five-year blueprint for the development of high-tech industries, including basic software as well as large applied software and integrated systems.

During the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010) period, China will establish integrated circuit research and development centres, industrialising the technology for 90-nanometer and smaller integrated circuits, and developing basic software, middleware, large key applied software and integrated systems.

The country plans to build next-generation Internet demonstration projects, a nationwide digital TV network and mobile communication demonstration networks with independent property rights.

In the area of advanced computing, China hopes to make a breakthrough in technology for petaflop computer systems, building grid-based advanced computing platforms and commercialising the production of teraflop computers.

In biomedicine, the country hopes to build a number of demonstration projects for commercial production of vaccines for major diseases and gene-modified medicines, improving the modern traditional Chinese medicine system, and enhancing the capability for new medicine invention and production.

China also hopes to develop aircraft for trunk and feeder lines, general-purpose planes and helicopters, as well as advanced engines during the next five years.

The country already space power and plans to develop new meteorological, oceanographic, resource and telecommunication satellites, besides poison- and pollution-free thrust augmented carrier rockets; building earth observation and navigation positioning satellite systems and facilities and application demonstration projects for civil satellite ground systems.

The country also plans to build demonstration projects for commercial production of high-performance new materials badly needed in information, biological and aerospace industries.

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Anil K Joseph in Beijing
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