A research firm in the surveillance industry found that the world’s largest manufacturer of surveillance equipment has long-term ties to the Chinese military, including conducting a joint study with commanders and experts in the field. arming and selling cameras and drones to the Chinese Air Force.
The IPVM video surveillance research authority revealed in a report that Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, a Pentagon blacklisted company, sold drones and ancillary equipment to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in 2019. It was also considered the “supplier of foreground ”of the Chinese army in 2014, the the Wall Street newspaper reported.
The newspaper also said that Hikvision previously posted a report on its website detailing how its technology could improve the performance of Chinese weapons, including missile and tank systems. The report further describes the cameras produced by the company used to record drills and improve weapon accuracy.
The company has since removed the report from its website after being contacted for comment, the outlet said.
Hikvision, through a spokesperson, disputed this claim. “Hikvision, like many global technology companies, manufactures devices and commercial solutions that some can be considered dual-use goods for general CCTV purposes,” the company said.
“Not now, nor ever, has Hikvision conducted research and development for Chinese military applications. All such cases by one of our employees have been done in a personal capacity and not under the direction of the company, ”said the spokesperson.
Unfair treatment in the United States
The Chinese Foreign Ministry commented on the matter, saying the Pentagon “unfairly targets Chinese companies” despite the US partnership with private companies.
The Defense Ministry has not explained its decision to add Hikvision to its blacklist. Membership or ownership of the APL could result in a business being listed. Blacklisting companies prevents Americans from investing in these companies.
The DoD did not respond to a request for comment from The Wall Street Journal.