Pompeo tells Silicon Valley not to empower China's 'Orwellian state'

Business | 14 Jan 2020 10:35 am

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned Silicon Valley not to bolster China's "Orwellian" state, two days before the world's two largest economies sign a partial trade deal, AFP reports.
Speaking to a tech-heavy crowd in San Francisco, Pompeo trumpeted the "phase one" deal to tame a two-year trade war but told businesses that they
needed to do more.
"We need to make sure American technology doesn't power a truly Orwellian surveillance state. We need to make sure American principles aren't sacrificed
for prosperity," Pompeo said at the Commonwealth Club.
He said he was not discouraging firms from heading to China, insisting that the Trump administration wants "American companies to get rich doing business there."
"At the same time, we need to make sure that our companies don't do deals that strengthen our competitor's military or tighten their regime's grip of
repression in parts of that country," he said.
Rights advocates have voiced growing concern about China's use of technology to develop intrusive electronic surveillance.
In the tightly controlled western region of Xinjiang, where experts say more than one million mostly Muslim people are incarcerated, China is said to
be fine-tuning technology that will allow security forces to quickly identify anyone and give details about their movements and background.
"Ask yourselves just a few questions -- who am I dealing with? What's the true risk/return calculus to doing business in China?" Pompeo said.
 

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