‘Safe like China’: In Argentina, ZTE finds eager buyer for surveillance tech

In Argentina's remote northern province of Jujuy, Chinese telecoms giant

‘Safe like China’: In Argentina, ZTE finds eager buyer for surveillance tech

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State Department’s Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau said in a statement. “China gathers and exploits data on an unrivaled scale, and uses the information to promote corruption, support arbitrary surveillance, and silence dissent,” the spokeswoman said. The U. S. worries about the project, which have not been previously reported, show how the United States is scrutinizing both big deals and small in its efforts to slow the spread of Chinese security technology around the globe.

This has seen the United States look to persuade, often loudly, global trade partners to shun Chinese-made technology, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo firing such warnings during a Latin America tour earlier this year. “The Chinese Communist Party is using technology equipment and services exports to promote Tiananmen-style repression across Latin America,” a White House official told Reuters.

SAN SALVADOR DE JUJUY, Argentina (Reuters) – In Argentina’s remote northern province of Jujuy, Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is installing a little slice of the Asian nation’s vast surveillance state – security cameras that the local government says will help to curb street crime.

The deal is an example of the tech inroads China is making in Latin America even as the United States warns about the dangers of using Chinese technology, especially related to surveillance.

A Chinese official in Buenos Aires told Reuters the Jujuy project could help China expand its tech footprint in the country, by encouraging other cities to adopt similar technology.

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