Re: Return of the Yellow Peril!
> What great secrets would the Chinese gather
There is no secret, big or small, you could gather by spying on a wildfire-tracking or SAR drone (for instance): Those procedures are already public and well-documented, and international exercises makes sure everybody knows how the others like to work, the very point being to exchange any good ideas and improvements every country might have invented: It's about saving lives, not about profit.
No, it just happens that the "Weapons of Mass Delusion" excuse has already been used, so the government had to find something else to push Chinese gear out of the door, so that Boeing could become the designated purveyor of drones for all government or state organizations, or anybody wanting to work with the federals, or anybody who feels like protecting his country... The sound you hear is a multi-rotor pork barrel.