Xidian University


Xidian University is designated very high risk for its high level of defence research and close relationship with China’s defence industry and military.

Xidian Univeristy is among China’s top universities for research on antennas, radar, electronic countermeasures and computer science.https://web.archive.org/web/20190531021937/http://see.xidian.edu.cn/html/news/9942.html ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190531013152/https://www.xidian.edu.cn/xxgk/xxjj.htm The university is subordinate to the Ministry of Education and is also jointly supervised by defence industry agency SASTIND and defence electronics conglomerate CETC. It claims it has ‘made important contributions to military modernisation’.

The university is closely tied to China’s defense industry and the PLA. It runs at least five defence laboratories and partners with the PLA’s signals intelligence organization. Xidian appears to be an important training ground for Chinese military hackers.https://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/06/university-in-xian-opens-school-of-cyberengineering/?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=CE1505CFDC9B80EE219C5B67014B6C76&gwt=pay According to Xidian’s party secretary, the university has had an ‘unbreakable bond with secret intelligence work since its beginning’. https://web.archive.org/web/20190531024544/https://news.xidian.edu.cn/info/1002/34263.htm It also holds secret-level security credentials that allow it to work on classified weapons projects.http://archive.fo/kTSsS

Major defence laboratories

Designated defence research areas

Defence and security links

In 2011, Xidian University and CETC jointly established the Collaborative Innovation Center of Information Sensing and Understanding (信息感知技术协同创新中心).https://web.archive.org/web/20190531021304/https://www.guancha.cn/TMT/2015_01_22_307180.shtml?web?web The centre’s partners include the former PLA General Staff Department’s Third Department (responsible for signals intelligence, now part of the Strategic Support Force Network Systems Department), other PLA units and research institutes, and state-owned defence conglomerates.https://web.archive.org/web/20190531021509/http://leixieyuan.xidian.edu.cn/gywm/gsgk.htm

Noteworthy international collaborations

Xidian University’s Mobile Internet Security Talent Recruitment Base, also known as the National 111 Project for Mobile Security, has recruited around 20 foreign experts.https://mis.xidian.edu.cn/html/team/overseas/2017/0306/5.html The lab is directed by PLA Navy major general, Shen Changxiang (沈昌祥).https://web.archive.org/web/20190531023910/https://mis.xidian.edu.cn/html/abstract/bodyset/ ; https://web.archive.org/web/20170922013231/http://www.weihai.gov.cn/art/2016/11/10/art_16616_785996.html

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