Chinese manufacturers are poised to expand their global presence thanks to a string of policies supporting th export of high-value industrial capacity.
"Capacity cooperation means more than export of finished products, but also the transfer of the whole industrial chain to help other countries beef up their manufacturing capability," Gu Dawei, head of the foreign investment administration department of the National Development and Reform Commission, said at a press conference on Wednesday.
International industrial cooperation has been a key priority on the Chinese government's reform agenda after slower economic growth last year.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, a proactive supporter of industrial capacity cooperation, signed trade agreements worth 27 billion U.S. dollars during his visit to Brazil on Tuesday.
More international industrial capacity cooperation projects are expected to roll out as China's cabinet specified a list of sectors in need of more cooperation last Saturday, encouraging manufacturers of automobiles, rail, machinery and others to go global.
READY TO FURTHER GO GLOBAL
China is now the world's largest manufacturing exporter, with total export volume reaching 14.4 trillion yuan last year. Mechanical and electrical equipments and high-tech products amount for 56 percent and 29 percent respectively.
Manufacturers in railway, telecommunication, power and machinery have gained more market share overseas thanks to their advanced technology and professional experience.
Developing countries in central Asia, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa are in great demand of emulative consumption products such as home appliances, laying the foundation for cooperation, Gu said.
The country's proactive efforts to further open up have paved the way for manufacturers' going global, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Liu Lihua wrote in the latest edition of Qiushi Journal, the flagship magazine of the CPC Central Committee.
International and regional trade mechanisms such as WTO and the China-ASEAN Free Trade Zone have expanded Chinese manufacturers' presence, while the Belt and Road initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank have opened new markets for capacity cooperation.
"China has to foster a more competitive edge in exporting its manufacturing capacity by capitalizing on the country's opening up and economic restructuring plans," Liu added.
FROM MADE-IN-CHINA TO DESIGNED-IN-CHINA & SERVED-BY-CHINA
Previously known as the low-cost factory of the world, China is no longer satisfied with low-value manufacturing.
China unveiled a national plan dubbed "Made in China 2025" to promote manufacturing development on Tuesday.
The country will relabel itself as a high-tech, high-quality and cost effective manufacturer by honing competence in R&D, production, marketing and service along the whole industrial chain, according to Liu.
Meanwhile, Chinese manufacturers will enhance their investment in value-added services related with export products such as technology instruction, maintenance and upgrading and capitalize on the Internet platform to boost service trade.
Chinese manufacturers are taking steps to enhance their export competence with merger plans and technology upgrades.
The country's top two high-speed rail (HSR) makers, China North Railway (CNR) and China South Railway (CSR) are taking consolidation steps to form a new company called CRRC Corp to expand overseas industrial distribution and management.
Other manufacturers in ship-making and power generation will reportedly follow suit.
The government will continue to streamline outbound investment procedures, offer consulting services and improve bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation frameworks to aid Chinese industrial capacity exporters, Gu added.