The Chinese drone manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd will continue to put up its products for sale despite being named in the so called list of entities published by the United States, along with dozens of Chinese companies, which means that the YS will impose sanctions against these companies.
“DJI is disappointed in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision”, a representative of the company said in an emailed statement to the media. “Customers in America can continue to buy and use DJI products normally.”
Even while just a few weeks remain for President Donald Trump as US President, his administration is continuing to increase tensions with China, adding on the continued long drawn trade war with Beijing.
Additionally, a number of issues other than trade tensions and back and forth sanctions, including China’s mishandling of the novel coronavirus pandemic as alleged by the US and the imposition of a sweeping and controversial national security law in Hong Kong, have also increased tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Any company that is included in the so called entity list of the US Commerce Department are required to apply for licenses from the Commerce Department and have to face tough scrutiny when they ask for permission for receiving items from American suppliers. Inclusion of a company in the entity list however does not prevent the company from selling its products in the United States.
Concerns about DJI and other Chinese makers of drones had been previously expressed multiple times by the US government.
Announcement of the grounding of its fleet of about 800 drones made by China was made by the US Interior Department in January this year while it had previously already stopped additional purchases of such drones form by Chinese companies.
Warnings to US companies about the risks to their company data posed by drone made by Chinese companies were issued by the US Department of Homeland Security in May 2019.
In a separate development, the purchase of Chinese drone technology by US agencies was opted to be banned by the US lawmakers this month as part of an annual defense bill.
(Adapted from StraitsTimes.com)