China lays out its vision to become leader in semiconductor and satellite manufacturing

China aims to become a world leader in advanced industries such as semiconductors and in the next generation of chip materials, robotics, aviation equipment and satellites

By: Reuters | Beijing | Published:March 5, 2016 2:19 pm
China, China tech vision, China tech empowerment, China tech R&D, chinese gdp, foxconn, hon hai, pegatron, tech news, technology China aims to become a world leader in advanced industries such as semiconductors and in the next generation of chip materials, robotics, aviation equipment and satellites (Source: Reuters)

China aims to become a world leader in advanced industries such as semiconductors and in the next generation of chip materials, robotics, aviation equipment and satellites, the government said in its blueprint for development between 2016 and 2020.

In its new draft five-year development plan unveiled on Saturday, Beijing also said it aims to use the internet to bolster a slowing economy and make the country a cyber power.

China aims to boost its R&D spending to 2.5 percent of gross domestic product for the five-year period, compared with 2.1 percent of GDP in 2011-to-2015.

Innovation is the primary driving force for the country’s development, Premier Li Keqiang said in a speech at the start of the annual full session of parliament.

China is hoping to marry its tech sector’s nimbleness and ability to gather and process mountains of data to make other, traditional areas of the economy more advanced and efficient, with an eye to shoring up its slowing economy and helping transition to a growth model that is driven more by services and consumption than by exports and investment.

This policy, known as “Internet Plus”, also applies to government, health care and education.

As technology has come to permeate every layer of Chinese business and society, controlling technology and using technology to exert control have become key priorities for the government.

China will implement its “cyber power strategy”, the five-year plan said, underscoring the weight Beijing gives to controlling the Internet, both for domestic national security and the aim of becoming a powerful voice in an international governance of the web.

China aims to increase Internet control capabilities, set up a network security review system, strengthen cyberspace control and promote a multilateral, democratic and transparent international Internet governance system, according to the plan.

Since President Xi Jinping came to power in early 2013, the government has increasingly reined in the Internet, seeing the web as a crucial domain for controlling public opinion and eliminating anti-Communist Party sentiment.

China will “strengthen the struggle against enemies in online sovereign space and increase control of online public sentiment,” said the plan.

It will also “perfect cyber security laws and legislation”.

Such laws and regulations have sparked fear amongst foreign businesses operating in China, and prompted major powers to express concern to Beijing over three new or planned laws, including one on counterterrorism.

These laws codify sweeping powers for the government to combat perceived threats, from widespread censorship to heightened control over certain technologies.

For all the latest Tech News, download Indian Express App now

  1. S
    Sirius
    Mar 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm
    That's the correct path ! And what will India do ? Mr. Kanhaiya will demand several more JNU's, to make India a world leader in Social Science PhD's ! Mr. Khalid will demand azaadi for all convicted terrorists to make India the world leader in terrorists living as state guests. Mr. hi will demand more freedom for students to abuse the nation , so universities will be ranked by amount of disaffection against nation they generate. Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad will demand that tax ceiling numbers be put in the Consution for GST, so India's Consution will be the most laughed at Consution in world. Mr. Yechury will demand reservation in private sector, so India will have the most closed businesses and capital flights in the world. And ...
    Reply
    1. R
      Raman
      Mar 5, 2016 at 9:48 am
      OK, leader on stolen technology from the US? What a gall!
      Reply