China is the world’s Ultimate Crony Capitalist State as we often say. It is also has a massive and increasingly sophisticated surveillance state, which facilitates a particularly nasty form of cronyism. Not that we don’t have our own problems here.
Police stations in almost every province have sought to buy the data-extraction devices for smartphones since the beginning of 2016, coinciding with a sharp rise in spending on internal security and a crackdown on dissent, the data show.
The documents provide a rare glimpse into the numbers behind China’s push to arm security forces with high-tech monitoring tools as the government clamps down on dissent.