October 31, 2019 / 7:55 AM / 20 days ago

CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-China says hopes US will 'stop abusing concept of national security' after reports of grounded drones

(Corrects after DJI says it is aware of reports of grounding of Chinese-made or part-made drones, not that it has confirmed with U.S. authorities the grounding of them.)

BEIJING, Oct 31 (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday after reports that the United States Department of the Internior had grounded its fleet of Chinese-made drones that it hoped Washington would “stop abusing the concept of national security” and provide a non-discriminatory atmosphere for Chinese companies.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments at a daily news briefing after reports that the U.S. Department of Interior had grounded all Chinese-made or part-made drones as part of a review of its entire drone programme.

On Thursday leading Chinese drone maker DJI said it was aware of the reports but could not confirm them. (Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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