After US blacklists, DJI faces new complications from China’s drone export restrictions
New moves unveiled by China threaten to further disrupt the already complicated business activities of global drone leader DJI in the US and elsewhere in the world, with Beijing saying it will impose new export restrictions on UAV technologies produced in the country.
The announcement by China’s Ministry of Commerce Monday said the move aims to limit access of buyers who use consumer or enterprise drones for martial purposes – notably both parties to the war in Ukraine, where DJI drones have become the favored non-military produced aerial asset. While nominally neutral, China remains a strong Russian ally, and has been criticized abroad as ambivalent in its efforts to prevent domestically-produced tech from being procured and used by Moscow’s troops against Ukraine.
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The development also comes amid ever-worsening relations between the US and Beijing that have…