China keeps position as world's largest manufacturing country
China has maintained its position as the world's largest manufacturing country for the 11th consecutive year with the industrial added value reaching 31.3 trillion yuan ($4.84 trillion), according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Monday.
China's manufacturing industry makes up nearly 30 percent of the global manufacturing industry. During the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), the average growth rate of the added value of the high-tech manufacturing industry reached 10.4 percent, which was 4.9 percent higher than the average growth rate of the industrial added value, said Xiao Yaqing, minister of industry and information technology at a press conference.
The added value of the information transmission software and information technology service industry has also increased significantly, from about 1.8 trillion to 3.8 trillion, and the proportion of GDP increased from 2.5 to 3.7 percent, Xiao said.
Meanwhile, China will continue to boost new energy vehicle (NEV) development. Last year, the State Council issued a circular on the high-quality development of new energy vehicles from 2021 to 2035 in an effort to bolster the NEV industry. China's production and sales volume in new energy vehicles has ranked first in the world for six consecutive years.
However, the competition in the NEV market is fierce. There are still many problems in terms of technology, quality and consumer sentiment, which still need to be solved.
Xiao said the country will further improve standards and strengthen quality supervision in accordance with the needs of the market, especially user experience. Technology and support facilities are significant and NEV development will also be combined with building smart roads, communication networks, and more charging and parking facilities.
China's integrated circuit sales revenue is expected to reach 884.8 billion yuan in 2020 with an average growth rate of 20 percent, which is three times the global industry growth rate over the same period, Xiao said.
The country will continue to cut taxes for enterprises in this field, strengthen and upgrade the foundation of the chip industry, including materials, processes, and equipment.
Xiao cautioned that the development of the chip industry is facing both opportunities and challenges. It is necessary to strengthen cooperation on a global scale to jointly build the chip industry chain and make it sustainable with Xiao saying the government will focus on creating a market-oriented, law-based and internationalized business environment.
As the world enters an unstable period, officials said that China's industrial and information technology enterprises should be more aware of potential dangers. Many emerging industries still have room to improve and innovation and openness are always key to long-term survival.
In 2019, 133 Chinese companies entered the world's top 500 list, including 23 well-known brands in the fields of industry and information technology.
In the list of the top 100 global digital economy companies of 2019 released by Forbes, 14 Chinese companies were listed, with China Mobile and Alibaba in the top 10.