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China unveils plan to develop medical devices industry
Equipment and medical devices in modern operating room

China revealed a plan to develop the medical devices sector during the 14th five-year plan period (2021-2025), as part of efforts to promote public health.

According to the plan, China aims to accelerate the integration of information technology and the medical device industry by 2025, to produce medical robots and establish digital health platforms.

The plan, jointly announced by 10 government agencies, also included detailed measures to develop medical devices to support elderly care at the community level, and actively respond to the national strategy on population aging.

China’s medical device sector has seen strong growth over the past five years, with a market value of 840 billion yuan (about $131.81 billion) in 2020.