Hikvision Put on US DoD "Communist Chinese Military Companies" List, Faces Risk of Presidential Sanctions

By Charles Rollet, Published Jun 26, 2020, 10:00am EDT (Info+)

The US DoD has put Hikvision on a list of "Communist Chinese Military Companies", exposing Hikvision to the risk of US Presidential sanctions that if implemented, could make any US 'person' transacting with Hikvision subject to fines and/or imprisonment.

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Inside this note, we examine the list, its background, and what risk the mega China manufacturer faces beyond the sanctions already imposed on Hikvision.

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Seriously with the current circus in Washington does anybody outside of America actually care what America thinks.

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I don't know if this is about anyone OUTSIDE the US caring about it. In fact, it seems quite the opposite. It's about NOT caring what people outside the US think and looking out for what is perceived to be in the best long term interest of the US. I'm not saying I agree or disagree with Hikvision being on this list - but I believe they are on there because it's perceived that doing business is not in the strategic interest of this country.

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Or maybe, it is because we don't want surveillance technology in our country from a company owned and operated by the largest communist military in existence. That, or, maybe because no other surveillance manufacturer is allowed to win contracts within China. It could also be the predatory pricing strategy they use to infiltrate foreign markets and destroy competition.

Probably none of those reasons though. It is most definitely an ideological agenda and completely unfair to Hikvision dealers.

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UND3 - I think you're right - at least in the first paragraph. It's about protecting the US for the long term.

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Pretty sure there are may outside of the USA that deeply follows what opinions the largest economy in the world has.

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The weaning of an industry?

In Feb 2020 I made the formal decision (communicated company wide) that our company would no longer purchase HIK vision products for new projects, and that any proposed HIK purchases for existing system expansions had to be approved by management. We explained the many reasons, and the decision was accepted with approval by our team at large.

At some point companies and individuals need to take a stand (even if you feel like you are the only one standing). I know we are not alone, but I also know that HIK sales via local distribution remain................abundant.

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Update: SIA declined to comment about the US DoD putting SIA member Hikvision on a list of "Communist Chinese Military Companies".

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PRC publication Global Times ran an emotional rebuke of this move, calling it literally: New US blacklist targeting Chinese firms is insane and ignorant: experts. One of the China experts declared:

they should have [their minds] tested in hospitals as they are making decisions that will backfire and damage themselves

The anger, from their perspective, is understandable. Less so, is the allegation that these are "new phantom allegations". That Hikvision is created, owned, and controlled by the PRC government is well established both inside and outside the PRC.

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This photo of a "re-education" camp would have been a better photo for the article: https://tinyurl.com/yy6efns2

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Do you know if Hikvision actually installed the cameras at the "re-education" camps or are they just the manufacturer?

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Hi Christopher, good question. IPVM has found two China police video surveillance projects that Hikvision won which include mandates for surveillance systems for "re-education"/concentration camps:

Separately, the BBC filmed a Hikvision surveillance camera watching over a "re-education" camp in Hotan County. However, IPVM couldn't find evidence of Hikvision winning a tender for this camp.

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and... further proof, Hikvision denies any human rights violations.

"Never Believe Anything Until It Is Officially Denied"

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Update: Hikvision sent a 'public statement' to partners today with a statement in response to ongoing US government action:

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So what confuses me is why we are still trusting our covid-19 testing to chinese companies and suspended FDA rules to allow unreliable even bogus Chinese made tests to flood our country. Wasn't that a national security concern of much more immediate impact?

This is an immediate National Security Risk

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Absolutely, expect movement on this issue sometime late 2022. After all, this is still the Federal government we are talking about.

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UPDATE: President Biden has extended the "national emergency" pursuant to International Emergency Economic Powers Act for one year:

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IEEPA authority gives the President the right to directly "investigate, regulate, or prohibit" numerous types of "transactions" between US persons and the targeted entity. This effectively amounts to a form of sanction, which bypasses the usual conduits of the Commerce and Treasury departments. This extends the power of President Biden to directly sanction any tech entity deemed to pose an "unusual and extraordinary threat".

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