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Blurred Lines: Military-Civil Fusion and the "Going Out" of China's defense industry
Authors: Greg Levesque, Mark Stokes December 2016
Our latest report goes beyond traditional policy analysis to illuminate the blurring effect of Beijing's rapidly developing military-civil fusion (MCF) strategy on Chinese military, Party-state, and commercial activities. The reports findings add a new dimension for private companies and policymakers to contextualize and evaluate the spillover effects of Beijing's military modernization efforts in economic and commercial spheres.
A key element of President Xi's military modernization campaign and a national strategy, MCF aims to fuse the country's defense and civilian science and technology systems to develop a modern defense industrial complex. In particular, MCF policies seek to improve national defense mobilization, militia assets, reserves, and border and coastal defense operations.