China signs agreements to boost procurement transparency

22 September 2017

The Equipment Development Department (EDD) of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) has signed procurement agreements with a host of national agencies as part of continuing efforts to boost transparency in military acquisitions.

State-run Xinhua news service reported on 19 September that the procurement agreements were signed with 13 Chinese agencies including a trade and investment subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and a consultancy business linked to the Dongfeng Motor Group.

Xinhua said the 13 agencies were selected from more than 69 bidding applications.

According to related announcements by the PLA Daily newspaper, the mouthpiece of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the procurement agreements provide accreditation to the agencies as official intermediaries between the PLA and defence suppliers.

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