China identifies defence companies for restructuring

IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
Yao Jianing

China has identified four state-owned defence enterprises to undergo restructuring as the government accelerates its mixed-ownership reform programme.

The China Securities Journal - the state-owned business newspaper – reported on 2 May that the defence enterprises include: China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO), China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).

The four corporations are included in a list of nearly 20 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that are expected to undergo restructuring later this year in line with Beijing’s pledge in December 2016 to deepen the ownership reform policy.

Corporations from sectors including energy, transport, civil aviation, and telecommunications have also been identified for restructuring, although this is thought to be the first time that defence enterprises have been identified by the government for reform.

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