China's Defense Electronics Industry: Innovation, Adaptation, and Espionage

Author
James Mulvenon, Matthew Luce
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC)
Abstract
Contrary to popular perceptions of China as either "technology thief" or "technology superpower," the success of the Chinese defense electronics sector can be attributed to a combination of indigenous innovation, adaptation of foreign technology, and large-scale technology espionage. Advanced defense electronics components and systems play a key role in this revolution in military capability, making it imperative to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the Chinese defense electronics industry and their implications for U.S. interests in the region.
Topic
Economics, Science and Technology, Military Strategy
Political Geography
United States, China, Asia