Evidence of Dahua's Involvement In Xinjiang Surveillance

By Charles Rollet, Published Nov 28, 2018, 10:05am EST

IPVM adds new details about Dahua’s activities in Xinjiang, a Chinese region where mass surveillance used to facilitate grave human rights violations has exposed the company to US sanctions considerations.

Dahua has won nearly $1 billion across five large-scale government surveillance projects in Xinjiang that have been publicly found:

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IPVM has identified new evidence that these projects include aspects identified as particularly worrisome by human rights groups, such as:

  • Dahua’s construction of police stations
  • Dahua’s installation of “WiFi sniffers”, an invasive surveillance technology

IPVM has also found more general evidence of Dahua’s extensive Xinjiang activities, including:

  • Dahua’s construction of a large R&D and manufacturing hub
  • Dahua founder’s multiple trips to Xinjiang

Xinjiang **********

*** ******* ********** ******* ***** ******* ********* ** ** one ******* *********, ****** Muslim ******* ** *** Uyghur ****** ********, ** “re-education *****” ** ******** as **** ** * heavy-handed ********* ******* ********* and **********.

***** *** **** **** criticized *** ********* ************ ****** ** ***** surveillance** *** ******, * move ******** ** ******* state ***** ****** ** ********* ** ******* *********”.

Police ******** *********** ** *****

***** ** ******** *** contracted ** ******* **** of ********’* ********** ****** stations. ************ ** ********* of *** ****** ******** has **** * ********* move ** *** ******** ******** Chen *******,******* *******, ***** *** ** ***** at “****** ***** ******” of ***** ******. ******* notes:

*******, ********* ****** *** rights ******, *** *** real ******* ** *** convenience ****** ********** ** *** ** the **********.

***** *************** ***** **** "convenience ****** ********" (便民 / Biànmín), ****** ***** ********** stations *** *** *** 'convenience' ** *** **********, not *** ********** ******* in ********.

*****'* *************** *** ******* $*** million ************ ******* ** Xinjiang’s ******* ****** ******** they ****** ** ***** and ******* **** ******** surveillance ******* *** * decade ****** ************ ** fully ** ******** ***********:

*** ******* *********** ****** is ** ***** (********* the ************ ****** ** 1 **** *** *** operation ****** ** * years). *** ************ ******** ****** include *** ****** ***** network ******* ******** ** Yarkant ******,the *********** ****** ******* ******* ** ******* ******, i************* ************ ** ***** areas ** ******* ******, the ************ ** ************* rural ********* ************** ** Yarkant ******, *** ***** construction ********.

******* **** *******’* **** price ***, ******* ******’* total ********** ************* **** ****** ***,*** people (******* ** **** to ******, *****, *** or ******, *******). **** disproportionate ************ ******** *** be *** ** *******’* history ** ****** ****** ** ******** **** ****** ** riots ***** ** ****.

*** ** * ******* government**** *********, ***** **** ** its ** ****** [**** no ****** *********] **** the ******* ******* *** been *********** ******, ******** it *** “******* ******* built”.

** ********’* ***** ******, Dahua *** * ********* surveillance ******* [**** ** longer *********] ** **** worth $** ******* **** local **** **** **********. The *******’************ *** ************* *** ***** ****** stations, **** *******, *** police ***********.  

**** ********** *** **** “a *** ** ***************” of “*********** ****** ********” in ********, ********* *********** ************ ****** ********** ******* Ding.  **** ********* **** **********’* Xinjiang ********** ** “****** *********” *** ****** ****** recognition * “*** ****” in ******* ********** ************.

*** ***** ****** ****** specifies **** **** ***** and **** ********** ***** the ******* *** *** year *** **** ******** operate ** *** * years ****** ************ ** to ******** ***********.

Dahua ******* ******** **** “********” **********

*****’* ***** ******* **** Leon ********** ** ***** County **** ******** ********** singled *** ** ************ troubling ** ***** ****** activists.

**********’* ***********“* ****** **** ******* the ******** ** ******** MAC [***** ****** *******] addresses *** * ****** [movable] ********”, *.*. ****** WiFi “********.”

***** ****** ***** *** said **** ******** ************** **** ******** “***** ******* *** ****** identifying ********* ** *********, smartphones, *** ***** ********* devices”** **** ** ** extensive ****** ** ******* called *** ********** ***** ********** ******** or **** **** ****** ******* *** flags **** *** *********. 

(*** ****, ***** ********* ** ******* *****, *** ************ ** *********** *** *********).

**** ******** ***** ***** Xinjiang *********** ** ******** link * ******’* ********* to ***** ********** ** surveillance *******, ******** **** to ****** ***** ****** who ****** ****** *********** or ***** *********.

** *** ****, ***** privacy ********, **** ********** is ****** **** ********, with *** **** ******* IPVM ******* ******** ****, ***** ********************** **** **** ** software** **** ** * collaboration **** ******** *******. Locality ******* ******** * request *** ******* ** their ********** ***** **** show.

Dahua ****** ******** ******** *** ** ****** “*********”

***** ** ******** * large-scale ************* *** *&* center ** ******** **** local ******* ***** **** will ***** *** ******** to ****** “*********” ** the ****** *** *********.

** ****, ********’* ******* City ********** ********* [**** no ****** *********] **** Dahua *** ******** ** industrial **** ** *** city********* “***** ******** ******* and ********** *********** ******** Park.” ***** ******* ***************** *** ********** **** is “*****” *** ******** “six ***** *******”: ** R&D ******, * ************* center, * ********* ******, a ********** ******, *** a ********** ******. 

***** ******* **** “******* and **** *** ****** for ******* ******** ************ that *** ******** *** ensuring ********* ** ********,” local ***** ********, ******** the **** ***** “***** out ********** ******** *** development” *** **** *** Xinjiang *** **** ******* Asia. 

*** ****’* ************* “**** means * *** *** our ****** ** ***** of ********* *** ***-***** goals ** ******** * modern ******** ******, ********* the ************* ********** ** security *******, *** ********* the ******’* ***** ** feeling **** *** *****”, local ***** ********.

*****’* ******* *** ********, Fu ******, *********** ************ ************** ******** *** the ******. ******** ***** officials**** **** ** **********, ********* *** ******** of ******* **********. ***** is ***** ******* ** ****** in ***** ** * sign *********** *** *******:

******** ********* *** ***** and **** *** **************** ******* ************* ****** ******** ** R&D ****** ** ********. The ***** ******, *******, has **** ********** ** the ******* ***** **** far.

Dahua ******* ****** ******** ** ***** ***** *****

**** *** ********** ***** separate ****** ** ******** by ***** ******* ** Liquan.

*** ** ***** *********** were ** *** ******** Regional ********* **********, * business ********** ********* ** Dahua ** ****************** ** “******* *** partners **** ******* ****** security, ******, **************, *******, justice, ********* *** ***** sectors ** ********”:

  • ****** ******* **********, ** ********** * ************ ****“**** *** ****** ******* of *** ******* ** Xinjiang, ***** *** ****** one ** *** **** important ******** ******** *** solutions ********* ** *** Xinjiang ******.”
  • ****** ******* **********, ** **** **** a ****** ***** ** noted **** ***** **** “more **** *** ***** and ******* ********* ** Xinjiang”. ***** ** ** to *** ***** **** that **********.
  • ** ***** **********, ** Liquan*********** ************ ** *****’* new ********** *** ** Xinjiang’s ******* **** ** August ****.

Hikvision **********

**** **** ** * follow-up ** ********* ************ ** *********,** ***** **** ***** that ********* *** ************ contracts *** ** ***** two ** *** “**-*********” camps ***** **** ** mass ********** *** ** helping *********** ***** *** IJOP, ********’* *** ****-***************** ************ ***** ***** ****** *****.

**** *** *** **** evidence ** ***** ******** supplying ** ********’* ******* of **-********* ***** ** the ****.

2018 ** ******** *********

******* *** ******** ******** disclosed ** ****, ** found ** ****** **** mentions *** ***** ***** surveillance ******** ** ******** for ****** ***** ** Hikvision. **** ** **** likely *** ** **** reductions ** ***** ******** publicity ***** ************* ********* ramped ** ** *** past ****.

** *** **** ****, the ******* **********’* ***************** ** ****-********“******* ****** ************”, * model ****** ******* ** Xinjiang, ***** ** * factor. ** *** ********* side, ***** *** ***'* December **** ******* "****** **** ** ********: How *****’* ************ ***** Overwhelms ***** ****", *** ******** ********* has ***** ************, ****** it ********* *** *** government *** *** ******* surveillance *************, **** ** Hikvision *** *****, ** promote ******* **** ***** projects *****.

***** *** ******* ***** the **** ** ******** IPVM’s ********* *** *******, * move *** ******** ****** said *** **** **** due ** ****’* ******** reporting ** *** ******.

Dahua ********* ******** *********

******* *** ********* *********** in ******** *** *** negative ***** *********** *** region, *****, **** *********, has ***** ******** ********* the *********** ** *** complicity ** ***** ****** abuses *****.

***** ***, *******, ********* to ******* ******* ********* [link ** ****** *********] that *** ********-******* ********* proposed ** ** ********* would **** *** ****** line, ****** *** *********’ actual ********** *** *** from *******.

*** ** ********** *** not ********* [** ****] yet. ***** ** * ****** commercial ****** **** ********** in **** **** *** countries *** ******* ****** the *****. ** ******** abides ** ***** **** and ***********.

Comments (3)

Charles, good reporting!

Related, just today, China's ambassador to the US threatened retaliation against the US sanctioning any Chinese officials or companies for Xinjiang. Things continue to heat up.

He compared China's running concentration camps holding a million of their own citizens to the US fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Logic... with China Communist Party characteristics...

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He compared China's running concentration camps holding a million of their own citizens to the US fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Logic... with China Communist Party characteristics...

Utterly transparent deflection.  I cannot believe how out of touch China is with the culture in the United States.  Dahua in particular seems to have a real challenge understanding the culture here in the US. Hikvision at least tries by throwing money at the problem.

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I agree fully. Let's start with the name that nobody can pronounce and the Logo that no one can read.

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