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China eyes better military-civilian integration

By Xinhua

China eyes better military-civilian integration

This picture taken on Sept 16, 2015 shows Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers training at their barracks in Heihe, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. (AFP PHOTO)

BEIJING - China is eyeing more efficient and coordinated integration of military and civilian development as a new document aims to make the two complementary.

The document, jointly released on Thursday by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission, was approved in March at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

"Our country's integrated military and civilian development has just entered a transition from initial to deep integration, and our ideas, top-level coordination and related regulations and mechanisms have lagged behind," it said, underlining the "huge potential" to be gained from such integration.

This integrated development should be based on the Party's leadership and state-level coordination and rely on the roles of the market, reform and innovation, with a focus on boosting the "coordinated, balanced and compatible" development of both economic and defense construction, it said.

According to the document, the integration of civilian and defense development will involve multiple fields and enable economic progress to provide a "greater material foundation" for defense construction, while the latter offers security guarantees for the former.

"By the year 2020, our integrated military and civilian development mechanism should become more mature and related policies should be improved, with major integration progress made in key areas," it said, citing technology, products and infrastructure that will benefit both civilians and the military.

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