The following is inevitable in this thread so let me put it up front:
Before people say that Apple has Face ID, so Chinese face scanning is justified; the former is encrypted on device, largely by a company that promotes privacy, the latter is an order from the government, not a democratically elected government but from a fascist authoritarian regime that is heading straight towards the blood stained path of Nazi Germany (with a modern twist), whose leader cannot be critized and has elected himself for life.
I'd like HN community to discourage whataboutism that distracts from the original argument. I see it here every single time when there is a thread about China and it is frustrating, counter-productive and most importantly - it is distracting away from a worrying and terrifying consequences of Chinese surveillance program. It masks truth.
Chinese people are just normal folks, middle class of China are busy with their lives as they are being lifted from poverty.
The problem is China’s government which does not allow criticism. No free press. Americans are taught to be respectful of all cultures - America is built upon immigration. So, please let me assure you that it’s not about the people, it’s about the political aspects of China.
- Do you think it’s okay to go around and suppress free speech in other countries?
- Do you think it’s okay to have 2 million people in concentration camps?
Instead of listing every thing, please read Drew Devaults blog here: https://drewdevault.com/2019/11/20/China.html
China’s CCP is using nationalism (which you’re obviously affected by) to tap into human psyche, gain unprecedented power and suppress democracy around the world.