China eases industrial licence requirements

04 June 2019

China has further eased industrial licence requirements to spur private-sector involvement in defence development and manufacturing.

The government’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) announced in late May that it had cancelled “200 research and production licences for weapons and equipment”.

The move represents the largest number of defence industrial licences to be cancelled in a single batch. Since 2016, when SASTIND started revoking such licences, cancellations have usually featured between 10 and 50 licences per batch. In its statement, SASTIND said, “As of now, a total of 642 licences have been cancelled.”

Outlining its progress in cancelling such licences, SASTIND issued in late 2018 a “catalogue of research and production licences for weapons and equipment”.

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