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After Huawei, DJI drones get banned from the United States

The Trump administration has just banned American companies from doing business with DJI. A situation which is reminiscent of what happened last year with Huawei, the Chinese telephony giant still not being out of the woods.

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DJI, one of the world’s largest drone manufacturers, if not the largest, comes from get banned from the United States. The Chinese automaker has been added to the list of Chinese companies that US companies are no longer allowed to do business with.

Restrictions similar to those observed with Huawei are now applied with DJI: companies specializing in the components needed to manufacture drones will also not be allowed to trade with the Chinese brand. American stores, whether physical or online, are likely to encounter great difficulties in selling DJI products.

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Why is the United States banning DJI today?

Unlike the Huawei case, this is not a security issue. For the US Department of Commerce would, DJI is mainly involved in a case related to human rights. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, DJI drones were used to monitor Uyghurs in Xinjiang province in 2017.

The government would also have mentioned security concerns regarding DJI drones, which are mostly made in China using Chinese components. At the same time, the Ministry of the Interior has affirmed its desire to pin down its fleet of drones. This gives the Interior Ministry time to analyze whether the devices are likely to be the subject of a cyberattack or a Chinese espionage attempt. Pending a new report, the Department of Defense has certified drones from competing manufacturers, such as Skydio or Parrot.

The situation is undoubtedly reminiscent of the ban that Huawei has known since May 2019, and from which the Chinese company has not yet managed to extricate itself. If Europe, in its majority, has not followed the movement adopted by the US government, the inability for Huawei to embed Google services in its smartphones has forced the brand to deliver a new operating system ( Harmony OS).

It remains to be seen whether the president Joe biden, who will take office on January 20, 2021, will lift the various embargoes put in place by the Trump administration, or if he will pursue the same policy towards Chinese companies.

Source: DroneDJ