Tuesday, April 13

DJI added to US blacklist, a year and a half after Huawei

The US Department of Commerce announced on Friday the addition of DJI to the blacklist. The Chinese company will no longer be able to work with American companies.

We already knew about Huawei’s difficult situation in the field of smartphones. These are similar constraints that will now apply to another Chinese brand leader in its field: DJI.

This Friday, the US Department of Commerce has indeed decided to place the manufacturer of drones and stabilizers on theentity list, as reported by Reuters. As a reminder, this is a list of foreign entities with which American companies no longer have the right to collaborate. In fact, this should considerably complicate the business of DJI which should no longer be able to be marketed across the Atlantic, to supply itself with American components, or even to offer updates of its applications on the iOS and Android stores.

An addition potentially motivated by fears of espionage

As a reminder, Huawei had been the target of this same entity list in the spring of 2019. Since then, American constraints on it have continued to increase, Washington having prohibited manufacturers of electronic chips – including non-American ones – from doing business with Huawei. In this regard, the Chinese founder SMIC, with which Huawei has imagined working for a while, also joins the American blacklist.

The cause of this addition of DJI to the American list is still unknown. As The Verge reports, the other companies added were added for reasons of undermining US national security or US international political interests. Concretely, Washington could fear that the drones of DJI are not used to gather information in the United States and transmit it to Beijing. Remember that in recent years, a Chinese law obliges all citizens and companies to participate in national intelligence. It was on this same basis that suspicions of Huawei espionage were raised.

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