China tightens control on drones and supercomputers

New regulations have led China to restrict exports of high-performance drones and supercomputers.

The restrictions come following national security concerns, and cover drones that stay airborne for longer than an hour, can reach altitudes of up to one mile and those that can handle bad weather.

In addition, China has limited the export of computers that support processing speeds of eight teraflops a second or more – meaning they can process more than eight trillion calculations a second.

The new rules were outlined in an official statement issued by China’s Ministry of commerce and its Customs Office.

Now companies selling such devices must apply for a licence before exporting them.

China has reportedly been strengthening its control over its technology industry, in a bid to avoid infiltration by spies and to help build up competitive tech companies globally, reports The Wall Street Journal.

China is currently home to DJI, the world’s biggest consumer drone maker, however according to reports the company will not be hit by the new restrictions.

Plus, China also owns the world’s most powerful supercomputer, the Tianhe-2, which has process speeds of up to 33.86 petaflops.

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