Category Archives: China

China’s rising lethal drone exports

This article explores the rising market for cheaply produced (but lethal) Chinese drones. This booming geography is a result of the few restrictions the Chinese place on exports–unlike U.S.-manufactured armed drones, which have only been sold to a small number … Continue reading

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Downed American drones paraded in China…

Back in December, 2011 Iran captured a U.S.-built RQ-170 drone. As it turns out, “The Beast of Kandahar” was not piloted by the U.S. Air Force–it was controlled by the CIA. Amidst much fanfare, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard displayed the … Continue reading

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U.S.-Chinese Naval Rivalries (and the drone) +UPDATE

An Op-Ed in the New York Times by Richard Parker discusses the U.S. Navy’s foray into unmanned aircraft technology  and the implications for relationship with China in the Pacific. This story has generated a lot of news recently, and that’s … Continue reading

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A Robotic Alliance in the Pacific

David Axe at Reuters explores the emerging “robotic” alliance of U.S., Japan, and South Korea. Responding to territorial “aggression” from China and North Korea, these countries are seeing to pool together aerial intelligence gathered by the roll-out of the $215 … Continue reading

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The Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Drone Project

The Chinese government is investing heavily in unmanned aerial vehicles, and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is already fielding drones capable of fundamentally changing the security of the Pacific region. According to a recently released Project 2049 Institute report, “UAV … Continue reading

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China was a heartbeat away from domestic assassination by drone

The New York Times reports that the Chinese government considered using a drone strike to eliminate a “drug lord” wanted in connection with the murders of 13 Chinese sailors, but opted to “capture” him instead. The alleged plan is evidence … Continue reading

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Drone-on-Drone Warfare in the East China Sea?

Disputed islands in the East China Sea are likely to become a major geopolitical flashpoint in the near-future. Tokyo controls the islands and refers to them as Senkaku, while Beijing considers them Chinese territory and calls them Diaoyu. The controversy mirrors … Continue reading

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China offers to aid Pakistan’s drone development

The Washington Post reports on Pakistan’s nascent drone program. According to the WP, while Pakistan’s technology is some ways off the capabilities of U.S. or Israeli UAVs (Pakistan’s drones currently use the limited use ‘line of sight’ radio communication and unguided rockets), China is keen … Continue reading

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Chinese drones to monitor East China Sea

As drones become everyday tools of geopolitical power, the potential for conflict escalates between state and non-state actors, in geographic ‘flashpoint’s across the planet. The U.S. has set a dangerous precedent in its own program of extrajudicial strikes. China has said it will use … Continue reading

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China’s Drone Development

The expansion of unmanned aerial systems to countries across the globe continues unabated, with an estimated 50 nations now developing the robotic planes. The technologies are rarely exported, so that most development is in-house, apart from exchanges between the US … Continue reading

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