After decades of heavy investment, China is close to possessing one of the most powerful militaries in the world— one that can “secure China’s status as a great power,” according to the latest edition of the US Defense Department’s annual report on China, released this week. In coming years China could reform the world’s largest army into a smaller, swifter and harder-hitting rival to the America’s own army, while also deploying high-tech new warplanes and warships from new air and naval bases on manmade—and potentially illegal—Pacific islands. Meanwhile,…

One of China’s biggest e-commerce operators is planning to build a logistics network with drones at its backbone, as it seeks to further expand its e-commerce business in rural China.  JD.com — the second largest e-commerce company in China after Alibaba — said that it will enter a partnership with civil aviation authorities in Shaanxi, northern China to develop a drone that could hold more than a ton of cargo.  SEE ALSO: Drone owners will now have to register with the government in China The drones are expected…

If you pilot a drone heavier than 250 grams (0.55 pound) in China, you’ll have to register with authorities. That’s due to a new registration policy that aims to address a recent spate of drone intrusions by amateur pilots.  SEE ALSO: China’s police are now shooting down drones with radio-jamming rifles Four drones grounded 60 flights in China, leaving 10,000 passengers stranded in April this year, and nearly 200 intrusions by drones were reported at a Chongqing airport over four hours on May 12. Pilots will have to…

Drone maker DJI has been so troubled by a string of rogue-drone incidents at an international airport that it’s offering a large cash reward to help catch those responsible. The post DJI is offering a huge cash reward in a bid to solve an airport drone mystery appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Farmers have another tool to help them in the field. With smartphones in hand, tech-savvy farmers are able to fly heavy duty drones out to do everything from crop dusting to surveying the health of the plants. SEE ALSO: Passenger drones will start flying for real in summer 2017 And with smarter software, drones can do more autonomously, making the process more efficient and at far lower cost than hiring a specialised pilot to man an aircraft over the fields. While makers have offered agriculture drones to the…