The northern province of Jujuy in Argentina signed a contract—for $30 million—with the Chinese technology company ZTE for a complex surveillance system that will make the streets “safer” according to Ekel Meyer, the province’s security minister.
Considering the claims by various countries for possible espionage threats by China’s main technology companies, dependent on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), in Argentina and in Latin America in general, this does not seem to be a concern.
The sanctioned technology company Huawei, together with other leading technology companies such as ZTE, are the main suppliers of the surveillance systems that the Chinese communist regime uses to spy on and control its population.
Washington, for its part, is increasingly alerting its allies not to buy Chinese technology that could be used by Beijing to spy on its customers, according to a July 5 report by Reuters.
“China collects and exploits data, and uses the information to promote corruption, support arbitrary surveillance and silence dissent,” a spokesman for the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs said in a statement, expressing his government’s “concern” about it, according to the same source.
Also, Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, gave warnings this year during a tour of Latin America.
“The Chinese Communist Party is using exports of technological equipment and services to promote Tiananmen-style repression in Latin America,” a White House official told Reuters.
China launched a fierce repression against students protesting in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, in which human rights groups said that possibly thousands of people died.
Today the communist regime has developed an extensive video surveillance system and installation of cellphone monitoring technology in the Xinjiang region, where more than 1 million Uighurs and other Muslims have been arrested and taken to so-called vocational training centers. In addition to persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners throughout the country.
The Chinese regime uses facial recognition technology to further control the population and persecute groups that they find “uncomfortable,” such as religions not controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
With a relentless surveillance system of 170 million cameras across the country, within minutes the Chinese police will be able to identify the target with all the relevant data.
The advance of the Chinese system in Latin America
In Venezuela, ZTE supplied Nicolás Maduro’s regime with a smart identification card known as the “carnet de la patria” (fatherland card).
According to Reuters, it transmits data on the cardholders to servers installed by ZTE that are linked by the regime to food, health, and other subsidy programs.
In Ecuador, Huawei and the state-owned China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation created a surveillance system of more than 4,000 cameras for the government, which was installed in 2011.
In Uruguay, its administration announced in February a Chinese donation of 2,100 Huawei security cameras to be located in four cities.
Similarly, in Brazil, although President Donald Trump asked President Jair Bolsonaro to set Huawei aside, Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao said in June that the government would not exclude the Chinese firm from operating a 5G mobile telecommunications network.
The situation in Jujuy
In May, ZTE’s general manager in Argentina, Dennis Wang, explained how technology helped reduce crime rates in China at an event held in San Salvador de Jujuy—the provincial capital—along with Gov. Gerardo Morales, his minister of security and police officers.
This province has close ties to the Chinese regime. A Chinese company invested heavily in lithium mining and the regime financed the technology for a huge solar farm, the largest in South America.
Ekel Meyer also wants to take the surveillance system even further to include facial recognition technology, a tool the regime has been implementing as part of its domestic surveillance network in China, which, as mentioned above, has at least 170 million cameras installed.