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Blueprint for China to grow into leading industrial power takes shape

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2015-03-17 GMT+8:00

BEIJING, Mar. 16 (Xinhua) -- China will endeavor to become a strong industrial country by around 2045 and implementing 'made in China 2025' plan is the first step to achieve the target, said Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology at this year's annual parliamentary session.

Some 20 years ago, China accounted for less than 3 percent in global manufacturing output. Currently, such a proportion has increased to 25 percent. Nearly 80 percent of air conditioners, 70 percent of cell phones and 60 percent of shoes in the world are made in China.

Combing this year's government reports and the 'made in China 2025' plan, the blueprint for China to develop into a strong industrial power is clear.

-- Traditional industries to accelerate transformation and upgrading

The government's work report delivered at the Third Session of the 12th National People's Congress proposed to promote the extensive application of information technologies in industrialization, develop and utilize networking, digitalization, and smart technologies, and work to develop certain key areas first and make breakthroughs in these areas.

According to the 2015 draft plan for economic and social development, China will focus on making breakthroughs in core technologies in key areas, such as industrial robots, rail transit equipment, high-end vessels and ocean engineering equipment, new-energy vehicles, modern agricultural machinery, and high-end medical appliances and medicines, and promote the industrial application of these technologies.

-- New-type industries to become leading industries

High-end equipment, information network, integrated circuit, new energy, new materials, biomedicine, aero engine and combustion turbine projects were written into the government's work report.

The report also for the first time put forward the 'Internet Plus' action plan as well as the concept of 'industrial networks' to integrate the mobile Internet, cloud computing, big data, and the Internet of Things with modern manufacturing.

The government report made it clear that China will make great efforts to develop tourism, health, elderly care, innovative design, and other better-living and production-related services.

The draft plan further listed the high-end service industries that support the development and promote the integrated development of services with manufacturing industries, including producer services such as industrial design and finance lease, and high-tech services such as R&D, systems integration, intellectual property rights and inspection and testing.

-- Implement innovation-driven development strategies

According to the government report, the 40 billion yuan government fund is already in place for investment in China's emerging industries.

The draft plan for this year also said that spending on R&D as a percentage of GDP will rise to 2.2 percent from 2.09 percent in 2014.

Meanwhile, the country will promote the open sharing of scientific and technological resources by establishing a mechanism of subsidizing operators of major national facilities for scientific research, give financial support to speed up progress in major national science and technology initiatives, and improve government procurement policies and measures that support innovation and increase procurement of innovative products, noted the government's budget plan.   (Edited by Liu Xiaoyun, liuxy08@xinhua.org)

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