To consolidate its domination in this field, the city's hi-tech industrial development zone decided to subsidize companies in landing airworthiness certificates for fixed-wing drone, tiltrotor aircraft and unmanned helicopter.
It's common for Chinese officials to set goals in areas they believe are of strategic importance or represent the future.
Hangzhou put in place rules barring all "low-altitude, slow and small-sized" aircraft from entering its airspace between September 1 and 9.
The two parks, when completed, will undergird the Chinese capital's drive to become a world-class robotic industrial powerhouse.
Wang's remarks were in response to a Telegraph report alleging that a Chinese company had sent 1,000 drones to Russia in the months leading up to its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
By the end of 2025, the development zone will see 100 new robotic projects being implemented on the basis of an industry-research nexus. R&D spending on robotics is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 50% and more.
This time around, Beijing also eyes the opportunity to build robotic industrial clusters, banking on the synergies to be unleashed.
This step makes Kunming the second mainland Chinese city to approve of drone-powered delivery and logistics services, after Shenzhen.
Beijing announced an action plan in late June on innovation in the robotic industry between 2023 and 2025, mandating that by 2025 the city will incubate 100 robotic products with high technological level and added value.
The Beijing Daily newspaper reported that more stricter control of drones is meant to prevent them from being used for terrorist activities and will be a key part of the anti-terrorism campaign.
China has been accused of being complicit in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which began February last year, as the two sides used drones, some supposedly made in China, to launch strikes against military and civilian targets in both countries, resulting in fatalities and injuries.
It's normal for Chinese cities to put a partial or blanket ban on drone activity in the duration of major events like sports games.
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