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[August 25, 2014]
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China
could have a new homegrown operating system by October
to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp,
Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said on
Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the
United States after a number of run-ins over cyber security. China
is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported
systems such as Microsoft's Windows and Google's mobile operating
The operating system would first appear on desktop devices and later
extend to smartphone and other mobile devices, Xinhua said, citing
Ni Guangnan who heads an official OS development alliance
established in March.
Ni's comments were originally reported by the People's Post and
Telecommunications News, an official trade paper run by the Ministry
of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
"We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by
October supporting app stores," Ni told the trade paper. Some
Chinese OS already existed, but there was a large gap between
China's technology and that of developed countries, he added.
He said he hoped domestically built software would be able to
replace desktop operating systems within one to two years and mobile
operating systems within three to five years.
In May, China banned government use of Windows 8, Microsoft's latest
operating system, a blow to the U.S. technology firm's business
which raised fears China was moving to protect domestic firms.
Microsoft is also under investigation for anti-trust violations.
In March last year, China said that Google had too much control over
China's smartphone industry via its Android mobile operating system
and has discriminated against some local firms.
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Mutual suspicions between China and the United States over hacking
have escalated over the past year following revelations by Edward
Snowden that U.S. intelligence planted "backdoor" surveillance tools
on U.S.-made hardware.
The U.S. Justice Department, meanwhile, indicted five Chinese
military officers in May on counts of extensive industrial
Ni said the ban on Windows 8 was a big opportunity for the Chinese
sector to push forward its own systems, but that the industry needed
further development and investment.
"Creating an environment that allows us to contend with Google,
Apple and Microsoft - that is the key to success," he added.
(Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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