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China Sets New Software Standards

June 3, 1998

BEIJING (AP) _ China has started a new system of standards for all domestically produced computer software, an official report said Wednesday.

Government inspectors will examine software products to see if they deliver what they claim and meet national quality standards, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. Consumers will be able to check to see if software has a certificate that shows it passed the examination.

China’s computer industry has grown at an annual rate of more than 50 percent for the past seven years, according to official figures.

Last year 3.5 million PCs were sold in China. The domestic software industry grew by more than 30 percent last year over the previous year, with sales of more than 11 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) in 1997.

Analysts say China has made progress recently in fighting illegal copying of domestic and foreign computer software.

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