China Is Curbing The Export Of Drones And Super Computers

The Chinese government is curbing export of advanced drones and supercomputers as it looks to tighten control over tech that has the potential to upset national security.


Makers of super-powerful drones and advanced computers will have to obtain an export license starting mid-August, according to a WSJ report.

Computers will require an export license if they have processing power greater than 8 “teraflops”, that’s roughly equivalent to 33 Xbox 360 gaming consoles.

Chinese drones too have sparked off several international controversies. Drones made by Shenzen-based DJI were flown onto the roof of the Japanese PM’s office and even the White House lawn.

Drones and supercomputers are two areas where China is an industry leader – DJI is the world’s largest drone maker by revenue and the country houses the Tianhe-2, the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

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