Indeed, IPVM strongly doubts the Chinese government is encouraging Hikvision to have so many basic issues with cybersecurity.
I am shocked (and proud) that IPVM finally admits that the Chinese Government doesnt want to initiate Cyber Warfare with the USA through Hikvision devices. I give you a B on this statement :)
The clearer / more significant Chinese government impact to Hikvision is economic (e.g, Hikvision's $3.2+ billion China domestic sales, massive China safe city projects
I dont disagree with you that Hikvision has an advantage due to their government money. But what do you expect integrators to do? Start quoting more expensive stuff from other manufacturers thats not as good? Arent we all indirectly helping Hikvision's government support anytime we buy something that was "Made In China". How do you think the government gets all that money to give to Hikvision? A huge part of that money was "American Money" at one time right?