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Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard selling surveillance equipment to China

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Chinese government has selected Cisco Systems Inc. to help it implement a vast surveillance regime in the Chongqing region. The project will involve up to 500,000 surveillance cameras.

These kinds of projects are cropping up all over China. Naomi Klein wrote in 2008 about how American businesses are cashing in on China's expanding surveillance state, notwithstanding Tiananmen Square-era American regulations prohibiting the transfer of American technologies to China to for uses related to political repression.

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