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National Strategic Integration: How China Is Building Its Strategic Power

October 26, 2023
Tai Ming Cheung

Policy Brief
National Strategic Integration: How Chine is Building Its Strategic Power

In this policy brief, IGCC director Tai Ming Cheung explores the newest, most sweeping iteration of China’s efforts to unite the country’s civilian and defense sectors behind the common goal of national security: National Strategic Integration.


Xi Jinping has significantly elevated the importance of national security and technological innovation in China’s overall priorities since coming to power in 2012. Under his leadership, China has sought to integrate the country’s economy, political system, society, and defense apparatus behind the goal of national security. This brief explores the newest and most sweeping iteration of that policy: national strategic integration, which aims to remake China into the global leader in technology and security.

This brief is part of a special series organized jointly by the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). This analysis was originally presented at the Conference on the Chinese National Innovation and Techno-Industrial Ecosystems in Berlin, September 5–6, 2023.

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