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New Year Special Features '99

  • Beijing's Computer Software Imports Expand at Fast Pace
  • January 12, 1999 (BEIJING) -- Beijing's imports of computer software totaled US$59.33 million from January to November 1998, or 2.4 times the imports in the same period in 1997, customs officials said.
    State-owned and foreign-funded enterprises are Beijing's biggest software importers, with 98 percent of all imported software products purchased by such enterprises.

    In the initial 11 months of 1998, the city's software imports accounted for 67.4 percent of the country's total. Most of the imported software is from Finland and Sweden.

    Statistics from China's customs offices indicate that Beijing's software imports have accounted for more than half of the country's total since 1993.

    The rapid increase in the city's software imports reflects the general trend in China, entailing the introduction of more advanced foreign technology and equipment, a recent report said. Most imported software is used for national defense, scientific research, and the information and pharmaceutical industries.

    And more software is being imported for telecommunications facilities, the report added.

    (Xinhua News Agency)

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    Updated: Mon Jan 11 15:19:37 1999 PDT