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>> It's brisk business for this drone school on the outskirts of Beijing. This summer, China handed down strict rules on unmanned aerial vehicles and that's got enthusiasts scrambling for licenses. That will set these students back a cool $1500 US dollars on top of hours spent perfecting their landings and takeoffs.
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But as Reuters explains, piloting skills aren't all Beijing's worried about.>> Chinese consumers are beginning to fall in love with drones just like everywhere else in the world. But given the population being the size it is, there's a lot of danger that comes with that. China is also from a regulatory standpoint, very sensitive, particularly when it comes to political issues and political things.
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There has been some incidents where consumer drones in China have interfered with political events. Or even worse, people have been using them over really, really crowded places, I'm sure you can imagine that it happens more in China than in other places.>> In January, a pilot was detained after posting a video of a drone flying close to an airplane.
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And in May, police arrested two people for taking drone snapshots of a quote, confidential target, but regulation in China isn't all just crackdown.>> Governments are very busy right now setting up these commercial drone spaces for e-commerce. So it's very similar to what Amazon was trying to in the US with drone deliveries.
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Shaanxi province is trying to set up with JD, so the government is at the same time, trying to bring drones into an official government sanction space. And part of that is moderating out their consumer drones so that they don't interfere with that.>> China is the world's largest maker of drones, just one company in Shenzhen, DJI, has 70% of the global drone market.
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And despite the new limits, business is expected to boom, the country's camera drone market is set to ship out its 3 millionth drone by 2019.