Companies will also have problems exporting parts.
The US Department of Commerce has added to the “blacklist” Chinese drone manufacturer DJI, writes The Verge. US companies were banned from exporting their technology for use in its devices.
The ban will also make it harder for US manufacturers to use parts in drones, which could disrupt DJI’s supply chain. DJI and Mint did not respond to requests for comment.
The US government has repeatedly stated that Chinese-made drones pose a threat to national security: in October 2019, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that it had landed all of its 800 drones due to concerns about Chinese espionage and cyber attacks, and the Department of Justice banned the purchase of foreign-made drones on its funds for security reasons.
The list of the Ministry of Trade includes 77 companies and branches – 60 of them are Chinese. In addition to DJI, the list included one of the largest Chinese chip manufacturers, SMIC. This continues Donald Trump’s policy of blocking Chinese tech companies from operating in the US:
In May 2019, authorities banned American companies from using Huawei equipment. Also, a Chinese phone manufacturer cannot buy any required parts or other equipment without prior approval from the White House.
In September, the Department of Commerce issued an order to block TikTok and WeChat. It involved removing apps from the App Store, Google Play, and any other platforms available in the United States.
Apps are still available, however, with government bans on downloading WeChat and TikTok blocked by courts.