Huawei is a market leader in Chinese exports of AI surveillance technology having sold it to at least 50 countries, many of which have dismal human rights record.
According to a report by a pro-US think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, "technology linked to Chinese companies -- particularly Huawei, Hikvision, Dahua and ZTE -- supply AI surveillance technology in 63 countries, 36 of which have signed onto China's Belt and Road Initiative," it said.
Chinese product pitches are often accompanied by soft loans to encourage governments to purchase their equipment. This raises troubling questions about the extent to which the Chinese government is subsidizing the purchase of advanced repressive technology, Mainichi reported, citing the document.
Some see this as China’s attempt to get more countries in Asia, Africa and Europe deeper into Beijing's economic orbit.
The technology involving facial recognition systems is reportedly used to crack down on Uyghurs and other minorities, as per an investigative report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on the country's surveillance and predictive-policing system. This has garnered international condemnation and has bestowed upon China the infamy of being a global driver of “authoritarian tech."
Japan's NEC Corp and US' IBM also reportedly supply AI surveillance technology to 14 and 11 countries respectively. Other countries like France, Germany, Israel, and Japan are also playing important roles in proliferating this technology but are not taking adequate steps to monitor and control the spread of sophisticated technologies linked to a range of violations, the report said.
The American companies may soon be allowed to re-start new sales to Huawei in two weeks, a senior US official said on Monday. “The US may approve licenses for companies to re-start new sales to Huawei in as little as two weeks,” the senior US official was quoted as saying by
Chinese firm Huawei has been holding talks with Russian information security companies to collaborate with them over hardware and Operating Systems (OS) after being shunned by their American counterparts. Over the past few months, Huawei has contacted several Russian firms, including the developers of Elbrus processors and Basalt SPO, MCST micro-processor company, as well as a producer of software and information security equipment
As China and the United States battle to control 5 G networks, US intelligence has claimed that Chinese state agencies have funded Huawei, one of the worlds leading telecom technology firms. US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has accused Huawei of receiving funding from Chinas National Security Commission, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network, British newspaper The Times reported Saturday, citing a source
The United States Justice Department has indicted Chinas Huawei company and its subsidiaries of supplying surveillance equipment to Iran a decade ago, besides accusing the company of several other violations. The firm provided the equipment to Tehran to monitor protesters way back in 2009 when there were violent protests in the country over presidential election results
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