BRUSSELS, Belgium — The German government is backing its biotechnology industry's participation in a major exhibition in China this spring.

Achemasia, an exhibition congress for chemical engineering and biotechnology, will take place in the International Exhibition Centre in Beijing from May 11 to May 16. It is being held midway through China's ninth five-year plan, which places emphasis on plant construction, pollution control technology and modernization of the pharmaceutical industry.

Achemasia will be part of Germany's official promotional program for foreign exhibitions; the Federal Ministry for Economics will provide substantial direct support for German exhibitors. The exhibition, arranged in cooperation with Chinese partner societies, will focus on key areas of economic importance in present-day China.

Biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry figure high on the list of priority areas, alongside chemical apparatus and plant engineering, process engineering, maintenance and quality assurance, pollution control and agriculture. — Peter O'Donnell