A legislator has proposed enacting a defense production law to create a legal
framework facilitating research and development of weaponry.
"The defense industry has a dual mission of serving national security and
economic growth," said Xu Yuanming. "The country lacks a law to guide the
industry in research and production."
Xu, also an executive with China North Industries Group Corporation, the
largest weapon-manufacturing group in the country, said he had submitted a
motion to the country's top legislature, proposing early legislation.
Defense weaponry development, once largely a State monopoly, has recently
opened its doors to private businesses, Xu said while attending the annual
session of the National People's Congress, due to end today.
This has made a law all the more necessary, he added.
"To better adapt to a market economy and the rule of law, the country needs a
special statute to specify and regulate the rights, responsibilities and
relations of the government, military and civilian institutions and businesses."
The purpose is to enhance the national defense consciousness of society, and
ensure those engaged in research and production cooperate and serve national
security, he said.
The National Defense Law, enacted 10 years ago, contains only a few "general
principles" regarding armaments production. A more specific law is required to
help implement and embody them, Xu said.
For example, the proposed law will provide guarantees for enterprises and
institutions to compete on an equal footing for scientific research and
production deals, he said.
In addition to quality control, the bill will also prescribe that incentives
in taxation and funding be given to qualified researchers and producers, Xu
The legislator said the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for
National Defense has made initial preparations for the legislation.
(China Daily 03/16/2007 page1)