US Senate accuses China of digital authoritarianism

US Senate accuses China of digital authoritarianism

The United States Senate has accused China of using technological to terrorize the world. 

This was disclosed in a US Senate report released on Tuesday July 21, 2020.

According to the report, China is using its technological rise to develop “digital authoritarianism” to conduct surveillance and censor information not just within its borders, but around the world. 

The report, led by Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and conducted by Democratic staff, affirms that China uses  artificial intelligence and biometrics to keep track of its citizens and control information.

The report’s release comes as relations between Washington and Beijing are increasingly strained, with President Donald Trump blaming China for the coronavirus pandemic, which he refers to as the “China Virus"

Washington has also been pushing allies to exclude products from China’s Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] from 5G networks, viewing the company as a security threat, and is paving the way for sanctions on it and other Chinese companies.

The report discusses new laws strengthening Beijing’s control over information, and big government investments in companies developing technologies that support these efforts.

It says China exports digital technologies to increase its influence elsewhere and seeks more clout at international organizations such as the World Trade Organization and the World Health Organization.

“China is executing a long-term plan to dominate the digital space,” the report says. 

It accused Beijing of seeking to undermine democratic institutions and values.

The report includes recommendations for the U.S. government, and especially Congress, to counter China’s rise.