Just Huawei and ZTE Ban, the US Commerce Department has now added Chinese Drone manufacturer DJI to the entity list. Along with DJI, several other Chinese companies have been blacklisted including SMIC and a dozen others.
Being put on the entity list means DJI is deemed a security threat to the nation and is now barred from conducting business with US companies.
According to the US Department of Commerce, these Chinese companies have been blacklisted because they “enabled wide-scale human rights abuses within China through abusive genetic collection and analysis or high-technology surveillance.”
The US government further added that several of these companies were “facilitating the export of items by China that aid repressive regimes around the world, contrary to U.S. foreign policy interests.”
The DJI blacklisting after comes after Huawei and ZTE ban which restricted the companies to use US technology. This serves as a loss to both sides since DJI will no longer be able to use hardware for its drone from the US and it would also be difficult to get a DJI drone in the US. However, DJI has confirmed that they would continue the supply of its drones in the US.
DJI responded to this in an official statement, “DJI is disappointed in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision. Customers in America can continue to buy and use DJI products normally. DJI remains committed to developing the industry’s most innovative products that define our company and benefit the world.”
For DJI drone owners, it might be a reason for concern but there’s nothing to the panic right now since the company has confirmed that it would support its DJI drones all over the world. So you can fly your DJI drones without any worries.
The situation seems to worsen but whether this situation will resolve in the future or DJI is alienated just like Huawei only time can tell.