Event Reports

The recent trends in the development of the Chinese defense innovation and industrial base

China Talk 13

On 13. August 2019, the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) in cooperation with KAS organized the thirteenth conference of the China Talk series. This time, Dr. Vasilii Kashin of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow talked about the recent trends in the development of the Chinese defense innovation and industrial base. In order to understand the recent trends, Dr. Kashin first of all explained the history of Chinese defense innovation. After deprioritizing military modernization in the 1980s and 90s the 1999 US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, changed the Chinese perception and Beijing launched a major effort to modernize the military. After relying on limited imports of technology from the US (until 1989), Israel (until early 2000s) and post-Soviet countries from 1989 until now, China could lend a series of breakthroughs in the late 2000s and in 2010s. These include Radar Technology, Al military applications and military shipbuilding. The new reality of confrontation with the US let China actively plan for the future confrontation since 2009 which resulted in an Air Sea Battle concept. While the US started the trade war under the Trump administration since mid-2018, the defense cooperation with Russia is rebounding. These recent trends will most likely result in an even greater Chinese-Russian integration, while China´s chance to win the defense innovation competition is getting more realistic, Dr. Kashin said. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong Quan, former Deputy Director of the Institute for Defense strategy, Ministry of Defense and Dr. Do Le Chi, Director of the Department of Science, History and Strategic Studies, Ministry of Public Securities were two commentators of this event. Both of them shared valuable inputs on aspiration of Beijing in realization of its power as well as security’s concerns of Vietnam – one of the most affected countries in the region. The event was received great participation from other well-known scholars as well as stakeholders from research institutes, embassies, government agencies as well.