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U.S. and China should discuss controls on drones

Escalation risk grows as both sides build bigger, more sophisticated systems

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A Chinese soldier salutes in front of a drone during a parade in Beijing in October 2019: Chinese drones would have a large role in any military campaign to conquer Taiwan.   © Getty Images

Lyle Goldstein is the director of Asia engagement at the think tank Defense Priorities in Washington, a visiting professor at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and the author of "Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry."

Gunfire broke out in the Taiwan Strait two weeks ago as Taiwanese defense forces shot down a Chinese drone near the tiny island of Kinmen.

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