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posted by takyon on Monday August 03 2015, @05:41PM   Printer-friendly
from the powerful-controlled-computing dept.

In the name of national security, China is restricting export of certain drones and computers:

From August 15, manufacturers of certain powerful drones and computers will have to give technical details to the authorities to obtain a licence prior to export, Xinhua news agency says.

[...] In the first five months of 2015, China exported some 160,000 civilian drones, a jump of 70 per cent year-on-year, worth more than $120 million, the official China Daily newspaper reported in July.

[...] The tightening of regulations comes two weeks after an incident in disputed Kashmir in which the Pakistani army claimed to have shot down an Indian "spy drone", reportedly Chinese-made.

China is also likely tightening controls on exports of powerful computers as it looks to maintain its edge in the global supercomputer battle long dominated by US-Japanese rivalry.

Starting August 15th, drone and supercomputer manufacturers will have to present technical details to the authorities in order to get a license to export.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 03 2015, @08:02PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 03 2015, @08:02PM (#217547)

    Indian spy drone?? Look, I've been around here from almost Day One and one thing I've taken away from all the comments is that it is patently clear, from pretty much every story, that the US is the only one who uses drones and is the only one who spies. NOW you're going to tell me this isn't so?

    I feel as if my World View has been shattered. Well, India, China, I guess that's ok. I'm sure none of the EU countries would act in such an uncouth manner.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 04 2015, @03:02AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 04 2015, @03:02AM (#217723)

    Google '5 eyes' and feel lucky.

    It doesn't include India, but last I heard Australia and Great Britain weren't a part of the US... yet.

    All countries spy on each other to some degree. The US has just turned it into a perverse art form.