surveillance state

Hayward: Coronavirus Helps China’s Totalitarian Social Credit System Spread Worldwide

While addressing a virtual summit of G20 nations on November 21, Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested the entire world should adopt a “QR Code” health tracking system similar to the one used in China. The suggestion, if adopted, would mark Communist China’s latest effort to gain political advantage from the pandemic it unleashed, and bring the free world one step closer to implementing China’s totalitarian “social credit system.”

BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 20: Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army's Honour Guard Battalion wear protective masks as they stand at attention in front of photo of China's president Xi Jinping at their barracks outside the Forbidden City, near Tiananmen Square, on May 20, 2020 in Beijing, China. China's government …

China Defends Hong Kong Crackdown: ‘Free Speech Is Not Absolute’

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Global Times on Thursday accused critics around the world of overreacting to the national security law Beijing has imposed on Hong Kong, arguing that measures to curtail the speech and political activity of dangerous “separatists” are appropriate and fall in line with actions taken by other world governments.

HONG KONG, CHINA - MAY 27: Riot police stand guard during a protest against a planned national security law at Admiralty district on May 27, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday during the National People's Congress that Beijing would establish a sound legal system …

21 Million Chinese Cellphone Users Disappear in Three Months of Pandemic

The opacity of the Chinese Communist government obliges responsible outside observers to look for clues to the truth of the coronavirus epidemic, instead of merely repeating official information without question. The official count from China is 3,277 fatalities from 81,171 infections as of Tuesday, but the Epoch Times noted the troubling disappearance of some 21 million cell phone accounts in China over the past three months – an unprecedented decline that hints at more fatalities than Beijing is prepared to admit.

A woman wearing a Minnie Mouse face mask looks at her mobile phone in Beijing on February 11, 2020. - The death toll from a new coronavirus outbreak surged past 1,000 on February 11 as the World Health Organization warned infected people who have not travelled to China could be …

Hunter Biden’s Firm Invested in China’s Surveillance Tech of Muslims

A report published Friday by The Intercept brought a surprising new angle to last week’s revelations about the extent of China’s electronic spying on the Muslims of Xinjiang province. The private equity firm of Hunter Biden, the son of former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, invested in one of the Chinese companies that created the Xinjiang surveillance state nightmare.

President Barack Obama, left, talks with Vice President Joe Biden, center, and his son Hunter Biden, right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Report Details Astounding Extent of China’s Illegal Mass Surveillance of Uighur Muslims

A report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday provided astounding details of the mass surveillance system China has imposed on the Uighur Muslims, turning the cities of Xinjiang province into virtual prisons for those Uighurs who are not already incarcerated in re-education camps. As HRW pointed out, many of these surveillance techniques are flagrantly illegal under Chinese law.

Two ethnic Uighur women pass Chinese paramilitary policemen standing guard outside the Grand Bazaar in the Uighur district of the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang region on July 14, 2009. A mosque was closed and many businesses were shuttered a day after police shot dead two Muslim Uighurs, as …

Chinese Actress Blocked from Travel by Social Credit System

Actress and former Miss Chinese International Michelle Ye Xuan, whose resume includes numerous films and television shows, has become the highest-profile “untrustworthy” citizen to be banned from travel by China’s social credit system, a massive surveillance and data-mining operation that grades Chinese for the quality of their citizenship and punishes those with poor scores.

HUZHOU, CHINA - DECEMBER 27: Actress Michelle Ye Xuan meets media during the shooting of TV series 'Lou Wai Lou' on December 27, 2016 in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

High-Tech Surveillance in Muslim Xinjiang Province Spreads Across China

Reuters offered a look on Tuesday at how high-tech surveillance techniques developed to monitor the Muslims of Xinjiang province are spreading across the rest of China, all the way to the capital city of Beijing. The account provides a textbook case of surveillance state mission creep, as techniques devised for what the Chinese government described as a unique emergency situation become part of everyday life.

The sun sets behind the Beijing skyline and a security camera, on December 5, 2013. Beijing is the second most expensive city in Asia for expatriates, jumping up the ranking from fifth place last year while Tokyo still tops the list despite a sharply weaker yen, a survey showed. AFP …