Military Capabilities

China still struggling with civil-military integration issues

28 September 2017

Key Points

  • China’s programme of ‘civil-military integration’ is showing no sign of progress, according to Western observers
  • The notion that innovation in defence can be migrated to the commercial sphere to drive technology levels in the nation’s economy may well be fundamentally flawed

China’s defence-industrial sector has made negligible progress on a long-running and state-sponsored programme of ‘civil-military integration’ in what is overall a “troubled and struggling campaign”, according to Western specialists who spoke to Jane’s .

Their reaction was prompted by official reports from a 23 September Second Plenary Meeting of the Central Commission for Integrated Military and Civilian Development in Beijing that called for the Chinese defence industry to become the primary driver for fostering innovation in the commercial sectors of the country’s economy.

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