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China and the Globalisation of Armed Drone Strikes


China’s rapid progress in developing and exporting armed and unarmed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles has significant implications and is undercutting long- running US efforts to control the spread of this technology around the world

China emerged as a competing drone power approximately five years ago and caught the attention of the US government that characterised China’s drone development as an ‘alarming’ event. In late 2016, China revealed its impressive strike-capable drone at the Zhuhai 2016 Airshow, the Wing Loong II (an upgraded version of the Wing Loong), while giving the public a glimpse of its Caihong 5 attack-reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) (CH-5, Rainbow 5 – upgraded versions of

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