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IBM Signs Pacts for E-business Solutions in China

International Business Machines Corp. signed strategic agreements with the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry and key industry partners to expand the development and use of e-business solutions in China.

The agreements also will advance open standards for network computing in China and create new Chinese versions of key e-business software tools.

These new solutions will be based on IBM's Network Computing Framework and Java technology. IBM also will work with local companies and developers on Chinese versions of JavaOS for Business, Lotus Notes/Domino, VisualAge for Java, eSuite, and IBM San Francisco business application components.

"Software applications, and, in particular Java, are focal points of today's agreement between the MII and IBM," said Zhang Qi, director general of China's MII. "In our efforts to further economic growth as well as the growth of Information Technology, the MII encourages the cooperation between domestic and international companies."

"Sun and IBM are jointly developing JavaOS for Business. We are pleased that IBM, along with Sun, is helping customers in China realize the true benefits of thin client computing, namely ease of use, centralized management, rapid deployment of IT solutions and reduced cost of ownership," said Paul Li, deputy managing director, PRC/Hong Kong of Sun Microsystems Ltd.

IBM announced in April that it had become the first international provider of e-business services in China, extending total e-business technology and applications to strategic sites in the country, as well as announcing major initiatives with China Telecom.



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