A Phantom 2 drone by Shenzhen-based DJI readies for take off over Kowloon near Hong Kong Island. The new regulations will apply in mainland China but not in Hong Kong. Photo: Edwin Lee

China cracks down on drone usage with new regulations but most consumers needn’t worry

Rules may pose a challenge for e-commerce players like Alibaba if they follow Amazon’s cue in launching delivery drones, as aerial shipments to crowded urban hubs will be forbidden.

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A Phantom 2 drone by Shenzhen-based DJI readies for take off over Kowloon near Hong Kong Island. The new regulations will apply in mainland China but not in Hong Kong. Photo: Edwin Lee
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