US could blacklist Chinese surveillance tech firm Hikvision

25 Mai, 2019, 02:54 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • US could blacklist Chinese surveillance tech firm Hikvision

The US is deliberating whether to add Hikvision, Zhejiang Dahua Technology and several unidentified companies to a blacklist that bars them from American components or software, people familiar with the matter said.

The potential move hasn't been confirmed by the administration; both the Commerce Department and the White House declined to comment to The New York Times.

"The chips Hikvision uses are very commercial and most of the suppliers are actually in China", she said, but added the company had not been informed of any possible U.S. blacklisting.

Hikvision, a video surveillance gear maker based in China providing products such as thermal cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles, has recently come under fire by USA lawmakers as a tool of the Chinese Communist party in creating a "high-tech police state". There's concern also that Hikvision's or Dahua's cameras, which come with facial-recognition capabilities, could be employed in espionage, the people said. The company also makes warehouse conveyor robots, robot forklifts, and drones, as well as drone signal jammers. Current estimates indicate that anywhere from 1 million to 3 million Uighurs are now being held in China's concentration camps, according to the U.S. State Department. China insists that its actions against the Xinjiang region's Uighurs are an anti-terrorism effort.

Hikvision said in an emailed response to questions that it takes US concerns on human rights and cybersecurity very seriously and has engaged with the USA government since October. "The company has already retained a human rights expert and former United States ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper to advise the company regarding human rights compliance".

"We hope the company receives a fair and just treatment", Hikvision's secretary of the board, Huang Fanghong, said in a statement.

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Huawei says it can ensure a steady supply chain without USA suppliers. "China will take all the necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights of Chinese firms". It would mark the first time the Trump administration punished a Chinese company for its role in the surveillance and mass detention of the Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority, informed sources told The New York Times on Tuesday. And countries like Saudi Arabia have been oddly supportive of the crackdown on China's Muslim citizens. -China trade war, as well as the New Cold War more broadly.

A Hikvision executive told Reuters that the company would be able to survive in the event of a USA trade ban. "At the same time, however, the ongoing trade war perhaps undercuts the perception that this is coming from a place of purely human rights concerns".

It is no longer straight away sure what stop a United States ban would own on Hikvision's trade.

One of J.P. Morgan's 2017 reports on investments in China noted "strong demand across a wide range of industries" for Hikvision's products.

Since April, Hikvision's share price has plunged all the way, from 37.24 CNY on April 2, to 26.07 CNY today. But any further slip in Hikvision's stock is likely to create the kind of pressure that even the United Nations can't bring to bear-wealthy people who are helping finance oppression, knowingly or not, really don't like losing money.

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