photo of drone on street with bystanders

The Chinese ability to implement drones so seamlessly into their everyday lives points out both the Chinese government’s willingness to embrace new technology and the Chinese population’s new-found wealth to afford this sort of technology.

As an up-and-coming sector of technological innovation, in which China invested 1.3 trillion yuan in 2015 (comprising over 2 percent of the GDP), drones are set to bolster the growth of the Chinese economy in the future.

Drones will continue to support economic growth in China because it is a pillar of technological innovation, something China needs to drive its economy (as opposed to simply mass manufacturing disposable goods). “Indigenous innovation” campaigns and programs targeting innovation in the technological sector have been launched by both governmental and private entities.

Additionally, ZDNet reports drone exports totaling more than US$413 million, with projections slated to only keep increasing. This embrace of technological innovation has allowed drones to become an ever-growing part of technological R&D in China, making it inevitable for drones to become a significant part of increasing China’s GDP.

By enthusiastically embracing technology changes in its systems, the Chinese government is one of the primary reasons drones have been integrated into Chinese society so well. Instead of outright litigation or banning of new technologies, the Chinese government has chosen to regulate them. 

The widespread use of drones by both Chinese civilians and the government will help contribute to economic growth. 

While the writing is curious and it is tempting to label this sa a puff piece, there is considerable detail here about how drones are being integrated into different aspects of Chinese life. This includes a broad survey of use cases at various levels of government including the response to the 2014 Yunnan earthquake.
The drive to create added value products is a familiar one we have seen in Korea, Taiwan and other technology centers. Perhaps because of their close links to smartphones, consumer drones seem to be quintessentially Chinese.



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