Commission on Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, told a conference in Beijing that reforms had produced a boom in the sector over the past year. He also said that China's key weapons facilities would catch up with those in the West by 2020 and that the development of such weapons was the top priority for China's defence industry.
The commission was set up in 1998 to deal with the deficit and it was intended to switch control from the military to the civilian government. Deals achieved in 2002 included sales of an unspecified amount of automatic artillery to Kuwait at about US$3m a piece and of a warship to Thailand for more than US$100m, the newspaper said.
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