Xi'an Technological University


Xi’an Technological University (XATU) is designated very high risk for its deep links to China’s arms industry.

XATU is a civilian university that primarily engages in defence research. XATU describes itself as ‘having distinct defence-industrial characteristics’ and is heavily involved in weapons development.https://web.archive.org/web/20190310221844/http://www.xatu.cn/xxgk/xxjs.htm Since 2016, it has been subject to a ‘joint construction’ agreement between the Shaanxi Provincial Government and defence industry agency SASTIND designed to deepen its defence links.2016年,学校实现陕西省人民政府与国家国防科技工业局共建;2017年,光电成像技术、军工制造及其自动化、军用关键材料、检测技术与自动化装置和武器系统与工程5个学科获批国家国防特色学科。 https://web.archive.org/web/20190605014230/http://www.xatu.cn/xkjs/xkjj.htm

The university’s main areas of defence research include photoelectric imaging technology, manufacturing technology, materials science, detection and measurement technology and weapons systems.https://web.archive.org/web/20190605014230/http://www.xatu.cn/xkjs/xkjj.htm It holds secret-level security credentials.https://web.archive.org/web/20190310221844/http://www.xatu.cn/xxgk/xxjs.htm

XATU is a member of the B8 Cooperation Innovation Alliance (B8协同创新联盟 or 中国兵器协同创新联盟), a group of eight Chinese research institutions that specialize in weapons science—the ‘B’ in ‘B8’ stands for Chinese work for armaments, bingqi (兵器).https://web.archive.org/web/20190523024327/http://www.bit.edu.cn/xww/zhxw/152141.htm Apart from Shenyang Ligong University, XATU is the only Chinese civilian university known to be supervised by state-owned arms manufacturers China North Industries Group (Norinco Group) and China South Industries Group.https://web.archive.org/web/20190310221844/http://www.xatu.cn/xxgk/xxjs.htm

Major defence laboratories

  • Ordnance Industry Import Testing Instruments and Control Systems Repair Center (兵器工业进口测试仪器控制系统维修中心)https://web.archive.org/web/20190605014701/http://xagdkjc.xatu.cn/kjpt/sbyjjd.htm
    • Established by China National Ordnance Industry Corporation in 1994
  • Shaanxi Provincial Membrane Technology and Micro-Photoelectric Components Military-Civilian Dual-Use Technology Engineering Center and Key Laboratory (陕西省薄膜技术与微光电器件军民两用技术工程中心(重点实验室))
    • Established by the Shaanxi Provincial COSTIND in 2005
  • China North Industries Group Optical Component Ultra-Precise Machining and Manufacturing Technology Research Applications Center (中国兵器工业光学器件超精密加工先进制造技术研究应用中心)https://web.archive.org/web/20190605014701/http://xagdkjc.xatu.cn/kjpt/sbyjjd.htm
    • Established by China North Industries Group in 2015

Designated defence research areas

Defence and security links

In 2016 XATU established the “Northwest Ordnance Industry Research Institute” (西北兵器工业研究院)http://archive.fo/Lrkjw

Noteworthy international collaborations

XATU has exchange and joint degree agreements with over 40 universities in countries such as the UK, US, and Canada.https://web.archive.org/web/20191117005931/https://shaanxi.eol.cn/campus/201703/t20170331_1503311.shtml ; https://web.archive.org/web/20191117010637/http://m.abczxw.com/news/779.html

Last updated 17 November 2019. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.