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U.S. may impose sanctions on Chinese company that produces drones

U.S. may impose sanctions on Chinese company that produces drones The U.S. called on Biden to impose sanctions on the Chinese company Autel Robotics (Photo: Getty Images)

A bipartisan group of 11 U.S. House lawmakers has asked President Joe Biden's administration to investigate and potentially impose sanctions on Chinese drone manufacturer Autel Robotics, according to Reuters.

In a letter signed by Republican House Select Committee Chairman Mike Gallagher and top Democrat Raja Krishnamurthy to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Defense, and Treasury, the lawmakers ask to investigate the Chinese company Autel Robotics.

The congressmen note that the company is openly affiliated with the People's Liberation Army of China and poses a direct threat to U.S. national security, as local law enforcement and state and local governments purchase and operate Autel drones, potentially exposing sensitive data across the country.

Republican Representative Elise Stefanik expressed concern that Autel drones, manufactured in communist China, pose an unacceptable risk to national security and should not be allowed to operate in America.

It is worth noting that in 2019, Congress banned the Pentagon from purchasing or using drones and components made in China.

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