China's five-year plan: IT, net take centre stage

Speeding up development of the IT industry and the internet are key factors to ensuring the success of China's 10th five-year plan, according to a proposal formulated by the Communist Party of China's Central Committee and made public on Wednesday.

Speeding up development of the IT industry and the internet are key factors to ensuring the success of China's 10th five-year plan, according to a proposal formulated by the Communist Party of China's Central Committee and made public on Wednesday.

An economic and social development policy guideline for the period from 2001 to 2005, the proposal was originally approved by the Central Committee last week, but was published by China's official Xinhua News Agency first on Wednesday.

Official media were quick to praise the proposal, which consists of 17,000 Chinese characters, and one English-language report on the website of the People's Daily newspaper highlighted the focus on IT and the Internet.

"Information technology should be used extensively in all circles of society and the use of computers and the internet should be wide-spread," the Central Committee said in the proposal according to the People's Daily report.

In addition, the proposal also said that the development of electronic commerce should be accelerated, and the use of information technology in sectors such as banking, finance, taxation and trade departments should also be promoted, according to the People's Daily.

Also on Wednesday, the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a national advisory body, gave its full support for the proposal, according to a Xinhua report.

The full text of the proposal, in Chinese, can be found on the Web athttp://www.xinhua.org/htm/20001018/174840.htm.

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