The World Economic Forum Partners With Chinese Tech Firms Allegedly Linked To Genocide, Surveillance
According to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation, the World Economic Forum (WEF) began Monday’s annual meeting in Davos (Switzerland). It partners with numerous Chinese state-owned businesses and several Chinese tech companies. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), however, has allegedly used civilians as a weapon, according to an investigation by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
WEF, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization, has partnered with TikTok and Huawei Technologies. According to the group’s list, they are all allegedly connected to the development and use of intelligence and military technologies by the Chinese government. The DCNF discovered that WEF’s board also includes a person who has worked with Chinese organizations involved in Chinese influence operations.
According to an ESPN report, WEF’s partner Alibaba is an e-commerce and media company. They reportedly hold a substantial financial stake in Megvii and SenseTime. These two Chinese tech companies were blacklisted by the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security in 2019. The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security alleged that they had developed facial recognition technology for racial profiling. This was used by the Chinese government in connection to China’s ongoing genocide.
According to the U.S. government, Megvii was and SenseTime were designated by the U.S. as terrorist organizations.
The U.S. government also added Huawei, a Chinese communications technology firm, as a partner to WEF in 2019 to its Entity list. This was done on national security grounds. In November 2022 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), banned the import and sale of Huawei equipment, declaring that these technologies pose an “unacceptable national security risk” related to surveillance.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio joined Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher, and Illinois Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi to introduce legislation in December 2022 to ban WEF partner, TikTok. The bill states that ByteDance is required by Chinese law to make app data available to the CCP. Bipartisan legislation is being proposed to warn that the Chinese social media giant could be used by the Chinese government for accessing U.S. data and spreading propaganda in order to spy on Americans.
According to WEF’s website, WEF is also a partner with several Chinese state-owned enterprises, including China Construction Bank, China Petrochemical Corporation, China Petrochemical Corporation, and China Petrochemical Corporation.
WEF, despite these partnerships, describes itself as an “international organisation for public-private collaboration” that places moral and intellectual integrity at the “heart” of all it does. According to its website.
Zhu Min, a WEF board member, has also been associated with several organizations that are allegedly involved in Chinese influence operations. The DCNF discovered that Zhu Min was also an academic advisory committee member for Center for China and Globalization, a Chinese think-tank.
According to the U.S. China Economic Security and Review Commission, which was established by Congress in 2000, the CCG’s head is Wang Huiyao. He allegedly leads many front groups that serve the CCP’s United Front Work Department. According to the USCC, the UFWD is a Chinese intelligence service whose “primary missions include liaison with foreign political parties,” influence operations and intelligence collection.
According to an archived version of CCG’s website, CCG was created by the Western Returned Scholars Association and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of State Council. According to a Chinese government notice, the USCC identified WRSA in 2018 as a UFWD Front Group. This was the same year the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council merged into the UFWD.
According to the website, Zhu is also vice chair of China Institute for Innovation & Development Strategy. This think tank was founded by Zheng Bijian. Nevertheless, Zheng, the founder of CIIDS (China Institute for Innovation & Development Strategy), is also a reputed undercover agent serving the CCP’s Ministry of State Security. Alex Joske, a Chinese intelligence analyst, told the DCNF on November 2022.
Zhu also contributed to China US Focus, which the DCNF discovered. China-US Focus is a website published in China by the China-United States Exchange Foundation. USCC identified CUSEF as being involved with influence operations in relation to the UFWD in 2018.
DCNF did not receive a response from WEF, TikTok, Huawei, TikTok, Zhu, or Alibaba to our request for comment.