Congressman Pushes for Ban on Chinese-Made Drones, College Board to End Agreement With China

Tiffany Meier
By Tiffany Meier
November 6, 2020China in Focus

Congressman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) has expressed his concern over a decision not to ban Chinese-made drones by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In a letter to the Chamber, he described the decision as a “hasty dismissal of proven national security risks.”

He’s urging the chamber to re-examine its stance. That’s because the drone makers, especially Dà-Jiāng Innovations, or DJI, are connected to the Chinese Communist Party.

A 2017 memo from the Los Angeles office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated that DJI is “providing critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government.”

A U.S.-based non-profit College Board says it will end its partnership with a Chinese government agency at the end of the year.

The College Board administers AP and SAT exams. Scores from those tests often factor into U.S. college admissions.

This move comes amid growing concerns about China’s influence in the U.S. education system.

The College Board said it’s received an annual grant from Beijing’s Hanban since 2006 but will let the agreement expire at the end of this year.

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