Beijing Prepares for CIDEX 2008
By Wendell Minnick
TAIPEI - Beijing is preparing for its 6th China International Defence Electronics Exhibit (CIDEX), which will feature the second China Defence Electronics Application Forum.
Scheduled for April 2-5 at the Beijing Exhibition Center, CIDEX is organized by the state-owned China National Electronics Import and Export Corp. and managed by China Electronics International Exhibition & Ads.
The China Defence Electronics Application Forum will include sessions on remote sensing, radar, guidance techniques, electronic information, electronic intelligence, electronic surveillance measures and communication encryption technologies.
Held every two years since 1998, the 2006 CIDEX saw more than 250 exhibitors from China, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, and more than 20,000 visitors from 28 different countries. Despite the large turnout, most exhibitors were Chinese.
The exhibit covers a variety of areas: communication systems, electronic warfare systems, aviation electronics, air defense and control systems, nuclear electronic equipment, laser equipment and optic-electronic devices, anti-terrorism technology, fire control systems, and emulation and training.
"Since the informatization is one of the pivotal tasks for the process of China's military build-up, China's investment into the relevant equipment against the background of informatization has been increasing year by year," a CIDEX news release said.
"In this case, overseas defense electronics manufacturers and distributors are seeking to find proper channels into the Chinese market, increase their presence and enhance the cooperation with relevant governmental department and local companies. To this end, CIDEX serves as a good platform for their market activities."