The US Department of Commerce has listed Chinese drone development and manufacturing company DJI as a threat to the United States’ national security. This means that US companies will be prohibited from doing business with DJI.
Previously, similar sanctions were imposed on Huawei. A total of 77 companies joined the list, including 60 Chinese ones. Among the latter and DJI was SMIC, one of the largest Chinese chip manufacturers, Reuters reports.
According to The Verge, adding DJI to the list will lead to the fact that American stores and marketplaces will not directly sell DJI drones. It will be difficult for the company’s American partners to supply the Chinese company with drone production components.
SMIC’s inclusion in the sanctions list is attributed to alleged links with the Chinese military. In DJI’s case, the Department of Commerce said the company had come under sanctions due to massive human rights violations in China by collecting and analyzing genetic material and surveillance. The speech, apparently, is about the use of DJI drones by the Chinese authorities to spy on Uyghurs living in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Earlier, some US federal agencies have already banned or expressed their intention to abandon the use of foreign drones. At the same time, the US Department of Defense, after several years of inspections, certified the UAVs of Parrot and Skydio.
The Verge cites DJI’s blacklisting as a major step by the Donald Trump administration towards banning Chinese tech companies in the US. However, not all previous steps in this direction have been effective. For example, US allies did not actively support the United States’ sanctions efforts against Huawei, and the WeChat and TikTok services, which Trump planned to block, are still available to American users, thanks to court decisions.
It is currently unknown if President-elect Joseph Biden plans to continue Trump’s policies in this direction after officially taking office in January.