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Wary of security issues, Japan moves to shut China out of its drone supply chain

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By Kaori Kaneko and Izumi Nakagawa

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Shutting China out of drone supply chain can be costly, as China-free drones cost upto 10 times as much as Chinese drones.

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As long as China represents such a large export market, and Japan and other countries depend on it for raw materials and manufacturing, the Chinese will have the upper hand. The cost of reinventing the wheel due to security concerns for countries that depend on Chinese products is simply too high for any one country. The only way around it would be for the US, EU, JApan, Canada, Australia, NZ and the UK to produce products for their own military/surveillance/security ops - the schematics for whch the Chinese would then steal.

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No need to imitate the failing USA, which has cut off trade with China because it can't compete anymore. Japan should join China, the rising power, not the USA, the failing power.

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all countries need to shut China out of everything. They’ve done enough to the world this year.

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Samit Basu

Shutting China out of drone supply chain can be costly, 

Lol.

And relying on your chief rival for military hardware isn’t...

Ridiculous

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Too little too late.

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China can go on supplying cheap low tech drones to the mass market, just not the high tech and security sensitive market. Of course if they want to supply anything else they could supply the IP and codes, just like China insists on,

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China doesn't want Japanese drones. China doesn't want Japan. You'll see.

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China can go on supplying cheap low tech drones to the mass market, just not the high tech and security sensitive market. Of course if they want to supply anything else they could supply the IP and codes, just like China insists on,

The cheap mass market drones sold by Chinese companies represent perhaps the greatest of all security risk. Their docking stations and controllers can be accessed from China via the internet. Lets say China wants to see things happening in a particular geographic location. It can query the docking stations of Chinese made drones to see what drones have been operating in a specific lat and long based on the gps systems built into the drones, then download their video feed. A perfectly innocent civilian in Japan or the US could be flying their drone around with its camera in a location proximate to some military installation or physical infrastructure (power plant, electrical switch yard, water works, dam, airport, whathaveyou) and unwittingly be providing Chinese intelligence with near real time video feeds of places that interest them.

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Uneducated and fear is the result of this bad decision. Does Japan still think China is that behind the times ???.PLEASE wake up Japan.

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TARA TAN KITAOKAToday  06:37 pm JST

Uneducated and fear is the result of this bad decision. Does Japan still think China is that behind the times ???.PLEASE wake up Japan.

It has nothing to do with Japan thinking China is behind. If you know anything about IP theft, then you'll know that it's the fact that China is "up to speed" that is the scurity problem.

China would be 10 years behind without the IP theft spanning decades.

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Uneducated and fear is the result of this bad decision. Does Japan still think China is that behind the times ???.PLEASE wake up Japan.

It has been demonstrated that Chinese intelligence agencies are able to access the locations and video feeds of inexpensive home hobbyist quad copter drones equipped with cameras. How does this imply China is behind the times? Japan is not the only nation taking Chinese drones off line as fast as they can btw. Please do not be naive. By Chinese law, all Chinese sourced software has to be accessible to Chinese authorities. If it only affected your own privacy maybe it would not be a national level problem. However, what those drones see with their cameras can often be of value to military planners who do not otherwise have the ability to see details a drone can see since they can be much closer to the target of surveillance. For their military this can be priceless information for which they will do anything including selling the public goods with back doors accessible to then from China.

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