After Huawei also ZTE, the US Department of Commerce has added this renowned Chinese drone company “DJI” to this list of entities. This list includes chipmaker SMIC also a dozen other Chinese companies. Being on the entity list means that DJI is considered a threat to the nation’s security and is now unable to conduct business with US companies.
Why did the US government blacklist DJI? Well, according to the US Department of Commerce, the recently blocked Chinese companies “allowed large-scale human rights abuses within China through abusive genetic collection [what?] And high-level analysis or surveillance. technology”. This possibly refers to the company’s strategic partnership with the Chinese government and the use of police drones to monitor detention camps in Xinjiang province.
Not only that, the US government adds (via Reuters) that some companies have been added to the list for “facilitating the export of items by China that help repressive regimes around the world, against in the interests of US foreign policy. “
DJI’s ban is very similar to Huawei’s ban that has already been in place for more than a year. This company is no higher eligible to export US technology. This means that internal parts or hardware made in the USA could be difficult to source, disrupting your supply chain. And although it was initially assumed that buying and flying its DJI drones could also be difficult in the US Going forward, the company has clarified that that will not be the case.
DJI drone owners, there is no need to panic right now. You can keep flying with your drone to capture some amazing panoramic shots. However, if we take Huawei as an important example, DJI will certainly find itself on a tumultuous journey and its future in the US could be a bit uncertain.