Factories operated by the PLA manufacture most China-made motorcycles and one-third of the country's televisions, a state agency reports. PLA-owned businesses produced more than US$1.2 billion (HK$9.2 billion) in goods last year, a sum equivalent to nearly one-fifth of China's annual defence budget, according to Xinhua (the New China News Agency). Military-operated factories produce 60 per cent of the nation's motorcycles and 30 per cent of Chinese TVs, by official estimate. 'The People's Liberation Army has taken an active attitude towards the country's economic construction,' Xinhua said. Authorities calculate factories owned by China's Army, Navy and Air Force also account for 10 per cent of the nation's medicine output and nine per cent of annual motor production. The mainland has a yearly defence budget of more than US$6.6 billion, by official estimate. Western analysts have estimated that, of 3.2 million members of the PLA, up to one million are employed in factories, hotels and other PLA-owned enterprises. The State Council, in a first White Paper on defence policy published in November 1995, said 'diversified' PLA investment in civilian industries had played an important role in promoting economic reforms. China's military manufactures more than 15,000 consumer products.