China curbs exports of drone-related equipment amid U.S. tech tension

China curbs exports of drone-related equipment amid U.S. tech tension

China has announced export controls on certain drone-related equipment in order to protect its national security and interests amid escalating tensions with the United States over technology access. The restrictions, which will be effective from September 1, include equipment such as drone engines, lasers, communication equipment, and anti-drone systems, as stated by the commerce ministry. The controls will also apply to consumer drones, and no civilian drones can be exported for military purposes. According to an unidentified spokesperson from the ministry, this expansion of drone control demonstrates China’s responsibility as a major country, its commitment to global security initiatives, and the maintenance of world peace. Relevant countries and regions have been notified about these measures.

China has a significant drone manufacturing industry and exports drones to various markets, including the United States. Chinese-based company DJI is reported to manufacture over 50% of drones sold in the U.S., making them the most popular choice for public safety agencies. DJI has not yet responded to inquiries regarding the potential impact of these export controls. In April, China’s commerce ministry dismissed allegations made by U.S. and Western media that it was exporting drones to the battlefield in Ukraine, labeling them as unfounded accusations aimed at tarnishing Chinese firms. The ministry vowed to strengthen export controls on drones despite these reports.

These drone export controls follow China’s recent announcement of export controls on certain metals widely used in chipmaking. These measures were implemented in response to the United States’ restrictions on China’s access to key technologies, including chipmaking equipment. The move signifies China’s determination to safeguard its technological capabilities and maintain control over critical industries.

In summary, China’s export controls on drone-related equipment aim to protect national security and interests amidst escalating tensions with the United States. These controls cover a range of equipment, including drone engines, lasers, communication devices, and anti-drone systems. The restrictions also apply to consumer drones, prohibiting their export for military purposes. China’s drone manufacturing industry, which includes DJI as a prominent player, has a significant presence in global markets, including the U.S. The Chinese government has emphasized its responsible approach and commitment to global security initiatives through these measures. These export controls are part of a broader strategy by China to safeguard its technological capabilities and counter restrictions imposed by the United States.

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