C919. The narrow-body jet underlines the country's ambitious commercial aviation program, and it is set to provide a major impetus to domestic
airplane manufacturing. This year, the C919 will enter the phase of obtaining airworthiness certification in China after achieving a number of
milestones in the past year, including the successful flights of two test aircraft, among the six planned in total, according to Wu Guanghui, ch
ief designer of the C919, on the sidelines of the annual NPC session. "We can deliver the aircraft to China Eastern Airlines in 2021," Wu said.
When it comes to robotics technology, domestic companies have also made strides in both quantity and quality. In 2017, China produced more than 120,000 industrial robots, a surge of 68 percent year-on-year. More importantly, the country has beefed up its capability toRead More
produce reliable speed reducers, servomotors and control panels, which are the three basic building blocks of sophisticated automated machines. The progress reduces China's heavy reliance on foreign suppliers for these key robotic components. Wang Jiegao, chief engineer
n the top of its agenda, according to Qu Xianming, an expert on the National Manufacturing Strategy Advisory Committee. "Industrial growth will
benefit considerably from the strategy, which can catal