China on the ‘Cutting Edge’ of Unmanned Systems

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The United States has long been the dominant designer, user, and seller of military drone technology. But China has quickly grown into a developer and competitive proliferator of its own in drone technology, which could have strategic implications for U.S. foreign policy in the South China Sea, and even around the globe. What are the geopolitical implications of China replacing Russia as the primary alternative supplier of weapons to countries both hostile and friendly to the United States? The Cipher Brief’s Levi Maxey spoke with Peter W. Singer, a Strategist and Senior Fellow at New America, about Chinese advances in drone technology and how their proliferation could become the AK-47s of tomorrow.

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