Hikvision: Created And Controlled By China PRC Government

By IPVM Team, Published May 03, 2021, 10:40am EDT

The China PRC government created and controls Hikvision, facts Hikvision strives to obscure. Watch this 2-minute video to learn:

Hikvision markets that they "grew from a 28-person start-up in 2001."

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The reality is Hikvision was created by the China PRC government:

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Specifically from its 52nd Research Institute, led by Chen Zongnian, still Hikvision Chairman.

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Hikvision markets a "diverse set of private and public shareholders."

The reality is that Hikvision's own financials prove their controlling shareholder is "central-state owned."

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CETHIK, the China Electronics Technology HIK Group was explicitly created by the PRC government to run "HIK"vision.

CETHIK is run by Chairman Chen. Hikvision is also run by Chairman Chen.

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For example, here is Chairman Chen presiding over a Hikvision Communist Party meeting, with his subordinate Mr. Hu at his side.

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And in 2016, Hikvision touted its government control when it raised $400 million in debt, emphasizing "strong support from PRC government and our state-owned parent":

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Moreover, Hikvision touted how they received "substantial fiscal subsidies" from the PRC government.

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Hikvision even admitted that its government control could "exert significant influence over our business and other matters of significance to us."

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Hikvision's Chairman Chen was "excited and thankful" for a 2015 Xi Jinping visit, declaring Hikvision to be a "state- owned company."

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And, in 2018, the PRC government declared that: "Hikvision has resolutely implemented the spirit of the important instructions from General Secretary Xi Jinping."

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Likewise, Chairman Chen said Hikvision "followed Party leadership" and "deeply practiced" Xi Jinping's ideas.

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Chairman Chen has even joined the China national government, bringing even more power to State-controlled Hikvision.

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While Hikvision's overseas marketing aims to deceive, the facts are clear - Hikvision was created and has always been controlled by the China PRC government.

Watch this 2-minute video to learn:

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This report and video summarizes the investigations we have made into Hikvision for the last 5 years, presenting them in a single place so it is easier to understand.

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I find IPVM has some weird attraction to this one vendor and I'm not sure I will ever understand. I pay for a membership for honest technical reviews maybe you can get back to doing those instead of worry about US politics?

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Maybe you can just stick to reading the tech reviews then, and stop complaining about what others may find vital to their enterprise and worth knowing about.

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I don't think this has anything to do with US politics.

I don't sell or service hikvision products because I have basic morals. Sure, it can be slightly inconvenient some times, but it's nice to be able to go to bed knowing I'm not a scumbag. I really appreciate any information IPVM gives me that I can bring up with customers as to why they should go with the more expensive products I offer over the cheaper options unethical vendors offer.

Sorry(not really), if the truth hurts anyone's feelings. Just be glad you're free to have your feelings hurt and not forcibly having your liver harvested to give to some rich prick with an alcohol problem in the capital because you made the mistake of being born.

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For Now ;)

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I agree with your second paragraph… but the first one could be moderated a bit. I’m in the same boat as you are - NOT selling Hik products for the same reason. But I also recognize that almost everything I touch is made in China – and anything you purchase from China ultimately helps a brutal regime become wealthier. The problem with “I have basic morals” is that this is going to be a difference in degree - not in kind. Do you purchase anything from ADI or Anixter? If you do, you are enriching them – allowing them to stay in business as they offer Hik products. Should you boycott them? Why not boycott IPVM since the review Hikvision products? Cancel any trade journal that has ads for Hikvision. I applaud your decision to help fight against human rights abuses and it is sad that many will not give it any thought at all. But I also recognize that someone could accuse me of not caring about human rights because I use ADI. And if I ditch ADI – someone will chastise me for not cancelling my SDM subscription. And how knows what chips are in my cell phone?

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Why not boycott IPVM since the review Hikvision products?

I’d never thought of that! I’m sure this will make John chuckle!

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When IPVM does a post on Hikvision, or Verkada, they should just have the standard comments like this auto-generated and appended to the post to save people some trouble.

If inspiration for wording is needed, comments can always be pulled from some older Avigilon and Arecont posts circa 2012-2014.

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It's not just some vendor. They claim/try to be the world's number 1 camera manufacturer. They OEM for tons of other "manufacturers". As the US DOD, FCC, and others have shown, there are significant cybersecurity risks as well with this brand.

If you read the posts on some of the Facebook CCTV groups, almost all of the "I can't get this to work" or "rate my install, I'm new" , etc. posts are all Dahua/Hik. They are HUGE. Every gas station, convenience store, etc. that has non-1st tier products is always Hikua. So many people say "who cares" or "It is good enough". It takes education and repetition to make change.

What if the North Korea government set up a shell company to release a brand of cameras, obscured under a name such as "Avidera". Should those in the know tell end users and integrators that they are supporting the North Korean government? And I wonder how they have such low prices..... (I know in reality, there are sanctions, so N. Korea couldn't export products, as well as their not having a strong electronic manufacturing base).

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about US politics?

This is a world issue. EU Parliament Removes Hikvision, Citing Human Rights Abuses and Norway Council of Ethics Finds Hikvision Human Rights Abuses "Ongoing" and Australia and French National TV Investigate Hikvision, Australia Military To Remove Hikvision Cameras to name a few.

That’s said we are also growing our testing team so expect even more tests and technical reports. Thanks!

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I pay for a membership for honest technical reviews maybe you can get back to doing those instead of worry about US politics?

There are still technical reviews occurring. It is not as though IPVM only covers Hikua. You may not find these articles useful but there are much greater range of members that do. Some of use do work for governments that oppose this type of product. Some of us have concerns about not compromising our clientele cybersecurity. It is quite easy to just not click on the article as the headline gives away the contents.

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I find IPVM has some weird attraction to this one vendor and I'm not sure I will ever understand.

And this guy is the #1 End User on IPVM?

Gimme a break!

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It's a software glitch. It should say "Undisclosed CCP Member #1"

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This is just one of the results of being fed by western media for years.

Western countries are united and against China in a lot of industries because they want to limit Chinese expansion. Especially when they realized that China is able to design and manufacture great products and has been a player in the compitention.

You can find a lot of industries, the most recent one: cotton and cloth trading, that Western companies use the very similar strategy of stating the human right issue in Xinjiang and stopped purchasing Chinese products.

So I am not surprised that IPVM being very political and bias to Hik, Dahua, and I believe there must be groups supporting them. People definitely need more education about Chinese history and culture to understand what is happening and why.

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That's a very CCP way of explaining this. China has a five year plan to conquer the world's manufacturing industry. By using unfair (slave) labor rates, and unfair trade practices (WTO). China has literally redefined the rules to benefit it unfairly on the world stage. If China doesn't have something or know something, it steals it and produces it cheaper. You are either a shill for HIKua, or a complete fool.

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Western countries are united and against China in a lot of industries because they want to limit Chinese expansion. Especially when they realized that China is able to design and manufacture great products

you left out some key words in your description above. I've edited them in below for reality:

Western countries are united and against China in a lot of industries because they want to limit Chinese expansion based on intellectual property theft and slave labor. Especially when they realized that China is apparently not able to design and manufacture great products on their own without stealing everything from others, including many Western countries.

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How does Hikvision contrast with Dahua? Are they different, or just one in the same?

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Dahua was not created by the PRC government. However, State-Owned China Mobile Acquired 10% of Dahua earlier this year.

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