Since the publication of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 in the year 1949, the phrase “Big Brother” has come into common use to describe any prying or overly-controlling authority figure and attempts by the government to increase surveillance to control people.

Today, in China you have this uncanny feeling of being watched, stalked and your privacy often intruded. This totalitarian government knows a lot more about you than you probably think it does.

The recent arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada has made the world take a closer look at the Chinese tech giant’s practices and also take stock of how deep is the infiltration and how much of classified information is stolen. Her arrest, for busting sanctions on Iran, is only the tip of the iceberg as Huawei’s telecom equipment could provide Chinese intelligence services access to everyone’s electronic communications.


Huawei has very large operations in many countries and is slated to play a major role in the 5G rollout. This is a matter of grave concern and has set off alarm bells ringing. According to a report by The Epoch Times, the United States and Japan has banned its government staff from using Huawei devices; Australia and New Zealand recently banned Huawei from building 5G networks while the UK has made the firm submit to special security checks.

A report prepared by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), which comes under the ministry, analysed cyber attacks from April-June 2018. The cyber attacks from China made up 35% of the total number of cyber attacks on official Indian websites, followed by the United States (17%), Russia (15%), Pakistan (9%), Canada (7%) and Germany (5%), the Indian Express stated.

Persecution of Falun Gong

China invests heavily in surveillance of its own citizens to exercise total control and overcome its perceived threats from the subversive power of the internet. Some China insiders have long known that Huawei is part of the well oiled underground machinery of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Huawei toes the party line in persecuting Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong), an exercise and meditation practice based on the tenets of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

Falun Dafa, a peaceful meditation practice, is the largest group of innocent people to be persecuted for the last 19 years. In fact, you could say a dry run of the surveillance system used today on every internet user was done on the group practising Falun Gong.


According to another report published by The Epoch Times, the surveillance tools Huawei has helped to develop are used for many purposes, but among them is the tracking of Falun Dafa practitioners.

The tech giant also holds a role in the CCP’s Safe City program that is deeply involved with both the Skynet Project and Blue Sky, a surveillance program used by the communist authorities. According to documents from the CCP’s Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC), the primary task of the Skynet Project is to aid in the suppression of Falun Dafa, The Epoch Times reported.

Huawei has helped put in place the tools used by the Chinese regime to track Chinese citizens and censor what information they can access, thus enabling the persecution. Huawei has developed tools that should be of concern to everyone around the world, not just the practitioners of Falun Dafa in China.

A man checks security cameras on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 31, 2013. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Since July 1999, the former head of CCP, Jiang Zemin, put a ban on Falun Dafa out of fear of the large numbers of Chinese who found the spiritual group’s traditional moral teachings more attractive than the party’s atheist ideology.

China’s authoritarian regime has sought to cover up a mass killings campaign it willingly engineered to eradicate millions of Falun Gong adherents in China. Though the meditation practice is banned in China, Falun Dafa quickly spread to over 140 countries in the world and practised by over 100 million people.

In an interview with the Epoch Times, New York resident Mindy, who asked to only be identified by her given name due to fears for her family members back in China, mentioned when the persecution had just begun, Huawei had adopted a policy of not employing Falun Dafa practitioners.

A report published by international human rights lawyer, David Matas, and former Crown attorney and cabinet minister, David Kilgour, point out to Chinese hospitals performing an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 organ transplants a year since 2000, and that most of the organs were sourced from innocents—Uyghurs, Tibetans, House Christians, with Falun Gong practitioners being the primary source.

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Suren Rao is an advertising professional in the creative field, who used to live in Mumbai but now resides in Kolkata, and does freelance content writing. He is committed to promoting and practising the meditation discipline Falun Dafa, and creating awareness of the human rights violation of its innocent practitioners in China. You can reach out to him at: [email protected]


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