context: China-US conflict made 2018 a difficult year for export-oriented manufacturing sectors, although front-loading means impacts will only become visible in 2019. Attacks on ZTE, Huawei and Made in China 2025 galvanised resolve to end reliance on foreign technologies.

Added value of above-scale manufacturing firms grew 6.3 percent y-o-y to meet 2017 goals, said Ministry of Industry and IT (MIIT) at its annual work conference. The meeting did not set new growth targets, reports 21st Century Business Herald. It did set priorities for 2019

  • advanced manufacturing
  • industrial upgrading
    • steel overcapacity inspections
    • connect 98 percent of poor villages to broadband internet
  • smart manufacturing
    • launch 2i integration 2.0
      • currently 13,000 firms have implemented 2i standards, and 3,000 firms have been evaluated, says Zhou Jian 周剑 ETIRI Informatisation Research and Promotion Centre director and 2i Integration Work Group leader
    • promote industrial internet, including a network of nodes
      • the current bottleneck is to coordinate identifiers across long industrial chains, says Li Meihua 李海花 CAICT Industrial Internet Labelling Management Centre vice director
      • guiding documents on industrial internet construction and cybersecurity will come out soon, says Li
  • domestic markets
    • encourage digital consumption, including of wearable devices, drones, service robots and virtual reality
    • promote ultra high definition displays, internet of vehicles and general aviation
    • finalise new energy vehicle credit system
    • set ‘level 5’ fuel economy standards for passenger cars
    • encourage private investments in sci-tech development
    • deal with the China-US conflict
  • company competitiveness
    • guarantee a level playing field for large, medium, small and micro firms
    • support mergers and reorganisations
  • digital economy
  • reform and opening up
    • reduce VAT and corporate income tax
    • devolution
    • draft the 14th 5-year plan
    • implement the negative list
    • internet infrastructure, equipment manufacturing and capacity cooperation along Belt and Road
  • Party and ideology