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Newsline: Russian Embassy in Beijing deletes controversial post

The Russian Embassy in Beijing has pulled down a controversial post on Weibo, praising China’s top drone maker DJI for its products, which allegedly helped Kremlin in “modern warfare.” The post went missing after DJI rebuffed the claim, stating its drones were not meant for military specifications. The embassy’s post on Weibo cited a report from Russian state media Sputnik, based on a new book by Army General Yuri Baluyevsky, the former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, according to South China Morning Post. In his book, Baluyevsky said Chinese commercial drones have brought “a real revolution” to traditional artillery weapons. “When drones hover over a target area to guide the artillery, its pinpoint accuracy and efficiency are comparable to precision-guided missiles, according to the Russian embassy’s Weibo post quoting Baluyevsky. “The Mavic quadcopter drone made by China’s DJI has become a true symbol of modern warfare,” he said. (https://www.ibtimes.com/russia-praises-chinese-drone-maker-weibo-deletes-post-after-dji-protests-3602412) However, the post soon snowballed into a major controversy, as many netizens called out Russian Embassy for uploading something with “malicious intent.” “What do you want by saying this? Western countries to block DJI? Or more sanctions on China?,” one of the most liked comments on Weibo said.

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