This Drone Manufacturer Offers Peace Offering To Ease US-China Trade War

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To cease the fire between the U.S. and China, a company that manufactures drones in America, will try to please the federal and local government using the same technology that added fire to the conflict between two major countries — drones.

The first step towards achieving that goal is to create a new set of flying machines. DJI, a privately owned Chinese drone maker, announced on Monday that the move is part of its broader efforts to make amends about the controversial issue related with drones that severely impacted U.S.-China Trade.

The conflict heightens last month when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security accused a Chinese-owned company regarding its drones acting as spies, at the same time, sending essential data back to China. It further claimed that the products incorporated a component that can compromise the users’ data, which can only be retrieved by the company itself.

Although DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency did not mention any specific manufacturers, data showed that DJI builds nearly 80 percent of the drones used in the U.S. and Canada. During that time, DJI is the main focus of the controversy. Later on, an executive order signed by President Donald Trump bans any U.S. firms from using any telecommunications equipment issued by the Chinese company, Huawei.

DJI or “Da Jiang Innovations Science and Technology” is the latest Chinese technology company headquartered in Shenzhen, China that makes small drones for hobbyists and big businesses. Although the company is free from the administration’s export blacklist, the American customs and immigration officials posed significant security concerns over the product in 2017. Since then, U.S. authorities are keeping an eye with all DJI business-related actions.

Now, the company will repurpose a warehouse in Cerritos, California to materialize its plan on assembling a new version of drones that are sought after by local government agencies and organizations. By doing so, DJI hopes to put off the fire that has burned both the US and China, which eventually affect its people.

DJI aims not only to meet federal requirements but also provide local government customers accessible and efficient equipment to help them with their daily task. The new drones that DJI is currently working on are designed to empower a new generation of workers and will deliver exceptional performance to meet current workplace challenges and future demands.

Also known as Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Machine, the newly developed equipment will save data and information only on the drones itself. This feature means that the new flying drones secure the users’ data, and can only be taken off by the allowed person once the machine lands. Also, to prevent further allegation, DJI ensures that these new drones cannot transfer any of the information wirelessly online.

DJI’s plan to win over the U.S. is a courageous move to ease the conflict between the two giants, somehow. But winning the U.S. does not only mean creating effective drones; it needs much more than what’s customary.

According to the South China Morning Post, for Trump to be pleased, he needs China to open its market to American exports, especially the agricultural goods. Aside from that, he wants the former to stop forcing U.S. companies to hand over valuable technologies. However, China knows better than succumbed to Trump’s favor. President Xi Jinping, on the other hand, has provisions for such war to cease.

The United States enacted tariffs worth US$250 billion for all Chinese goods. In this case, President Xi needs Trump to eliminate or lessen the charges put upon Chinese products, so as Chinese businesses can freely market its products in the U.S. Indeed, these decisions from both leaders will reinstate the economic trades between the U.S. and China, however, that requires radical changes for both parties.

However, at a time like this, small steps such as DJI’s current plan concerning drones might spark a tiny chance to ease the pressure.

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