University trustees elected Shi, also president of the Westlake Institute for Advanced Study, as president together with vice-presidents Xu Tian and Qiu Min on Monday.
"It shows that drones can be used in diverse businesses, which brings great convenience and incomparable advantages over manned aircraft," said Wang Xiazheng, director of the association's department that deals with unmanned aircraft.
For the past 40 years since China introduced the policy of reform and opening-up, the belief of dominant policymakers in China and the US has been that their economies can only prosper by working together. Proponents of the alternative policy — keeping China poor to ensure that it stays weak — were thin on the ground, and were (fortunately) not listened to.
The two sides might eventually resort to negotiation, in which case, incidentally, China has intimated that it would offer concessions, no doubt including ones that will benefit China as well as the US (for example, better protection of intellectual property, and further opening up to foreign investment in services).