Pentagon should reject export licences for Chinese drone maker DJI, US lawmakers say

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A group of 15 Republican lawmakers on Monday asked the Pentagon to block export licences for US components for Chinese-drone manufacturer DJI, citing national security concerns.

The Commerce Department in December 2020 added DJI, the world’s largest drone maker, to the government’s export control list, accusing it of complicity in reported oppression of China’s Uygur minority and aiding the Chinese military.

The lawmakers, in a letter to Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, said a recent tear down of a DJI drone found US manufactured components, which suggests government approval of export licences.


The letter said the Defence Department “should not be recommending approval of export control licences for US technology that advances DJI capabilities”.