Xiangtan University (XTU) is designated high risk for its growing involvement in defence research.
XTU is a university in Chairman Mao Zedong’s hometown that has substantially expanded its participation in defence research in recent years. It has been subject to two ‘joint construction’ agreements between the Hunan Provincial Government and defence industry agency SASTIND that are designed to help the university ‘draw out its national defence characteristics’.https://web.archive.org/web/20190807043103/http://www.chinatiaoji.com/a/kaoyanzixun/2019/0201/2003.html In the university’s own words, its ‘military-civil fusion characteristics are becoming clearer with each day’, and it increased its spending on military-related projects by 60% from 2017 to 2018, spending over RMB31 million (AUD6 million) in 2018.https://web.archive.org/web/20190808070714/http://news.xtu.edu.cn/html/jiaoxueky/show_11386.html
XTU’s defence research covers areas including materials science, energy, measurement technology and electromagnetic waves.https://web.archive.org/web/20190807043559/http://www.zhongkaowu.com/gk/gaoxiao/201811/gk_16597.html ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190807043929/http://hxxy.web.xtu.edu.cn:8081/showcol.aspx The university has developed partnerships with a major PLA nuclear technology research institution, Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, and several defence companies, including subsidiaries of arms manufacturer Norinco Group and defence aviation conglomerate Aero Engine Corporation of China.https://web.archive.org/web/20191009030144/http://news.ifeng.com/a/20140626/40900450_0.shtml ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190808234529/http://hunan.ifeng.com/a/20181129/7065308_0.shtml
XTU holds secret-level security credentials, allowing it to participate in classified defence technology projects.https://web.archive.org/web/20190807043103/http://www.chinatiaoji.com/a/kaoyanzixun/2019/0201/2003.html
Designated defence research areas
- Military-use energy technology
- Military-use critical materials
- Testing and measurement technology and instruments
- Electromagnetic fields and waveshttps://web.archive.org/web/20190807043559/http://www.zhongkaowu.com/gk/gaoxiao/201811/gk_16597.html ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190807043929/http://hxxy.web.xtu.edu.cn:8081/showcol.aspx
Defence and security links
Xiangtan University is a senior member of the Xiangtan City Military-Civil Fusion Industry Alliance.https://web.archive.org/web/20190807043103/http://www.chinatiaoji.com/a/kaoyanzixun/2019/0201/2003.html
Noteworthy international collaborations
XTU has partnerships with universities in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Australia.https://web.archive.org/web/20190330064100/http://www.xtu.edu.cn/hzjl/gjhz/jianj/
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