March 26, 2021 Feature

Chinese Drones Are in the Penalty –Box- who’s next?

By Mary-Caitlin Ray

Though dubbed “the year that wasn’t,” 2020 has marked a turning point in the U.S. relationship with the People’s Republic of China (China). Along with numerous other trade restrictions, 2020 has seen a series of actions by executive agencies, Congress, and the White House to restrict government use and procurement of Chinese-made unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones). Largely in response to national security concerns that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could access data collected by drones manufactured in China or by Chinese companies, these actions have bipartisan support, and other countries are beginning to follow suit.

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