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  • The Chinese Communist Party

  • Is helping some African dictators

  • Crack down on political opposition

  • Using mass surveillance

  • Welcome back to China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • This episode has been sponsored by Surfshark.

  • Because if your government is trying to spy on you,

  • you can use Surfshark to help protect your identity online.

  • So, Africa.

  • Most African countries have a lot of needs:

  • Safe drinking water, mass transit, better healthcare...

  • But you know what these African governments

  • *really* ought to spend their money on?

  • Surveillance.

  • Yeah, that's the ticket to a bright future.

  • Which brings us to China.

  • The Chinese Communist Party

  • has been accused of colonizing Africa.

  • They're not interested in occupying

  • and ruling African countries directly.

  • But the Chinese Communist Party is helping

  • prop up some of the worst dictators in Africa.

  • There are many, many ways China does this.

  • But today I'm going to focus on one way:

  • Mass surveillance.

  • You've probably heard of the Chinese telecom company Huawei.

  • It's technically a private company...maybe...

  • but it has strong connections to the Chinese government

  • and the Chinese Communist Party.

  • Huawei

  • is being used to build a vast surveillance network in African countries.

  • They're even training police in how to use their technology

  • to crack down on anyone who questions that country's government.

  • A lot of African dictators simply don't have the resources

  • to build their own surveillance infrastructure from scratch.

  • So they turn to China for help.

  • Through multi-million dollar deals with Huawei,

  • they're bringing China's techno-autocracy

  • to one of the poorest continents on Earth.

  • Because sure, people may not have clean drinking water,

  • but at least they have Huawei security cameras on every corner!

  • The Chinese giant supplies most of the 3g and 4G cell towers...

  • and Surveillance cameras equipped with facial recognition.

  • Even in this village where a lot of homes don't even have  electricity

  • there's a brand new set of surveillance cameras behind me.

  • That was from this Wall Street Journal Investigation.

  • Huawei is building the backbone of future 5G networks.

  • But it's also building surveillance systems around the world.

  • The Wall Street Journal investigation looked at police documents

  • and parliamentary committee documents.

  • They interviewed diplomats, cyber-defense officials,

  • and opposition activists who have been targeted,

  • plus more than a dozen senior security officials

  • working with Huawei in African countries.

  • They found that Huawei is actively making countries in Africa

  • a worse place to live.

  • At least if you're not part of the ruling elite.

  • The Wall Street Journal investigation says,

  • According to senior security officials,

  • embedded, hands-on Huawei technicians

  • train security forces and cyber-surveillance units

  • that regularly snoop on political opposition.”

  • For example, “In Zambia...

  • Huawei technicians helped the government access

  • the phones and Facebook pages of a team

  • of opposition bloggers running a pro-opposition news site.”

  • Good, so Huawei is helping African dictators silence political opponents.

  • Then, there's also what Huawei calls Safe Cities,

  • or Smart Cities, that they're trying to build in Africa.

  • What's a smart city?

  • Let's ask our friendly Huawei representative.

  • What is Smart City.

  • To speak briefly...it helps governments

  • enhance city management quality and efficiency.

  • Wow, incredibly vague yet terrifying.

  • I want to know more!

  • With the development of city construction video surveillance

  • is widely used in various scenarios.

  • Such as city security surveillance,

  • transportation surveillance,

  • and campus surveillance.

  • Oh good, campus surveillance.

  • Now countries around the world can be more like China,

  • spying on students.

  • You wouldn't want students thinking too freely.

  • Huawei says it has built systems in 700 cities

  • spread across more than 100 countries and regions.

  • Not all 700 are smart cities, but in these cities,

  • some of the smart city components are gradually being installed

  • often starting with things like surveillance cameras.

  • And then there's the Internet.

  • China is exporting its model of the Internet to Africa.

  • In China, the Internet is not a forum

  • for the free exchange of thoughts and ideas.

  • It's a way for the government to monitor and control people.

  • And the Chinese Communist Party

  • wants to export its authoritarian model of the internet

  • around the world.

  • Africa is a prime testing ground.

  • Why?

  • Because most African countries are poor,

  • meaning they don't have a lot of

  • homegrown technology companies to compete.

  • And many African countries are authoritarian,

  • meaning they prefer China's model

  • of a highly controlled internet.

  • Chinese government officials have helped secure internet deals

  • for Huawei throughout Africa,

  • starting as far back as 1998 in Kenya.

  • 20 years later, Huawei has been responsible

  • for connecting hundreds of millions of Africans.

  • It has built telecom networks in some 40 African nations

  • by offering inexpensive deals often financed by loans

  • with favorable terms and by providing

  • on-the-ground customer service.”

  • Because of that, Huawei now dominates the African internet market.

  • And on one hand, that's a good thing.

  • More people in Africa now have access to the Internet,

  • especially through their mobile phones.

  • But the Chinese Communist Party had a long term plan.

  • According to the NGO Freedom House,

  • most of Sub-Saharan Africa is not free.

  • When those dictators realized the threat Internet access

  • posed to their regimes,

  • they again turned to Huawei, for solutions.

  • And things got worse.

  • As the Wall Street Journal says,

  • “A few years ago, the East and Southern African nations

  • appeared to be regional models for web freedom.”

  • But thanks to Huawei, that's begun to change.

  • Huawei is bringing China's model of a

  • highly controlled and censored internet to Africa.

  • And let's just say, Africa's dictators are very happy.

  • So what do you think about China and Huawei's plan for the internet?

  • Tell me what you think in the comments below.

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  • See you next time.

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