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| [WORLD PC EXPO 98] 'China Will be the World's Largest Cyber Nation': Chinese Gov't Official
October 6, 1998 (TOKYO) -- The government of China will throw its might
behind developing China into the world's largest "cyber nation," a Chinese
government official said.
|China's government intends to do "everything in its power for the future
development of the information industry in China," said Qi Zhang, director
general of the Department of Electronics and IT Products, Ministry of
Information Industry of China. Zhang was speaking at the WORLD PC FORUM
98 held at Makuhari Messe near Tokyo Sept. 30-Oct. 3. He spoke of his
government's enthusiasm for realizing a cyber nation.
According to Zhang, China's electronics industry grew to RBM410 billion
(US$49 billion) in 1997, a 28 percent jump from the previous year. The
sale of 3.4 million personal computers was recorded during the same
year, and the figure is expected to soar to 5 million in 1998.
Of the total number of PCs sold, domestically produced machines accounted
for 60 percent. Zhang said that if the electronics industry continues
to grow at this rate, the market will reach the RBM1 trillion level
by the year 2000, and RBM6 trillion by 2010.
In commenting on the recent market trends in China, Zhang said that the
market for advanced-function televisions is rapidly expanding, and personal
digital assistants (PDAs) are spreading fast.
He said the advanced-function TV, through digital signal processing,
enables higher quality images. He expects that increasing numbers of
families will purchase DVD players that can bring about high-quality
Zhang said that it will not be long before the annual sale of PDAs in
China exceeds 10 million. Internet users have already reached 1.2 million,
he said, adding that China is in the middle of an "information technology"
Following Zhang's speech, Akio Irie, executive vice president of Seiko
Epson Corp., took the rostrum.
Irie said that Seiko Epson is actively engaged in business activities
in the Chinese market, and has been selling dot matrix printers in China
He said that in 1985, Seiko Epson began full-scale production and sales
of the products. It also commenced joint-venture production of ink jet
printers in China this year. At present, his company has 17 related
firms in Hong Kong and China.
Irie said he expects a great deal from the Chinese market and personnel.
He made the following three points his company plans to pursue:
1) Development of software, personnel training and utilization in the
area of R&D.;
2) Fostering key persons through overseas-affiliated companies' business
3) Support of foreign students studying in Japan under the Epson International
Irie closed his speech by saying, "We hope to continue with our efforts
toward the development of China and Epson."