Coming to America? China now using “emotion recognition technology” to arrest people


According to a recent report in China’s state-run Global Times newspaper, Chinese people are increasingly becoming accustomed to the use of “emotion recognition technology,” which is artificial intelligence that essentially allows the government to track human feelings.

The article illustrated the usefulness of this technology by providing an example in which police arrest passengers of a car after using artificial intelligence to discover drugs in their car. Below is that example:

“At a busy highway checkpoint, artificial intelligence (AI) pre-warning systems silently observe drivers and passengers in vehicles passing through. Seconds later, security officers stop a car with passengers looking strangely nervous and discover drugs in the car.”

Reportedly, “emotion recognition technology” tells the officers that the passengers are more nervous than the average person at a checkpoint, which they then use as an excuse to search the car.

Allegedly, industry leaders said that in China, the “emotion recognition technology” is fast developing and has been widely used in various fields including health, anti-terrorism, and urban security.

Wei Qingchen, head of EmoKit Tech Co., Ltd., which specializes in developing products bases on its emotion recognition engine Emokit, said in a statement:

“Currently, the AI emotion recognition tech is still led by the US, but its practical uses are already blossoming in China.”

The development of this technology to criminalize feelings follows increasingly alarming developments in Chinese law enforcement.

In a recent revelation, Chinese technology giant Huawei is developing facial recognition technology that can identify a person’s ethnicity, making it easier for Chinese police to prosecute members of the Uyghur ethnic minority.

Reportedly, multiple governments around the world, including current and past administration of the United States, have accused China of committing genocide against the Uyghur people.

The Communist Party has built over 1,000 concentration camps in the Uyghurs’ native region, Xinjiang, where survivors said that they were forced into indoctrination, slavery, and subject to rape and torture.

The Communist Party claims that the concentration camps are “vocational training centers” for uneducated people and that all eyewitnesses are liars and paid actors. The recent article in the Global Times did not specifically mention using “emotion recognition technology” in Xinjiang.

However, it did mention using the experimentation in China on inmates and prisons.

At least six prisons are openly using this technology on its inmates to predict which are the most likely to be violent. In referring to a experimentation in a prison in Guangzhou back in 2019, the article reported:

“In China, emotion recognition has contributed to the risk assessment of prisoners in a few regional prisons.

The technology helps prison officers to evaluate whether a prisoner presents potential risks, including possible mental problems and violent or suicidal tendencies and estimate whether he or she is likely to repeat an offense after release.”

The article quoted the head of the Guangzhou center saying:

“After a prisoner looks at the camera for three to four seconds, this recognition system can know his or her seven main physiological indexes including body temperature, eye movement, and heart rate and covert them into psychological signs showing whether the prisoner is calm, depressed, angry or whatever else at that time.”

Outside of prisons, the state newspaper gave praise to “emotion recognition technology” for its uses on the road where police can track the emotions of every driver and stop anyone with “abnormal” feelings. 

The article claimed that this would help prevent road rage incidents or other potentially criminal behavior. Chines “experts” claimed that the Chines AI could identify a person’s emotions with up to 95-percent accuracy. 

Reportedly, the technology can work by either monitoring a person’s face for an extended period of time or by forcing individuals to wear devices that track their blood pressure, temperature, and other factors.

According to the MIT Technology Review, “emotion recognition technology” was already a $20 billion market in 2019. The outlet reported at the time:

“The technology is currently being used to assess job applicants and people suspected of crimes and it’s being tested for further applications, such as in VR headsets to deduce gamers’ emotional states.”

At the time, the outlet cited a study by AI Now. The study also warned that the technology may be particularly problematic when being used across race and gender lines, as its conclusions could “amplify” discrimination.

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DOJ: Military member from China lied to get a Visa, conduct research at Stanford University

February 22nd, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to a federal indictment, a member of the Chinese military lied to federal immigration officials in order to secure a visa to the United States so she could conduct research at Stanford University in California.

A federal grand jury has issued a superseding indictment against Chinese national Chen Song, 39, for allegedly fraudulently securing a J-1 visa to the U.S. by lying about her enrollment in China’s military, known as the People’s Liberation Army.

According to reports, Song, who has been charged with visa fraud, obstruction of official proceedings, destruction of records, and making false statements to a government agency, entered the U.S. back in December 2018 on a J-1 visa to conduct research at Stanford University after submitting her application the month prior. 

In her application, Song allegedly said she was a neurologist who wanted to come to the U.S. to do research on brain disease at Stanford University. Song proceeded to tell federal immigration officials that she had served in China’s military from September 1, 2000 to June 30, 2011.

She also claimed that her current employer was a hospital in Beijing, China where her highest rank was “student.” According to the indictment, Song lied on her J-1 visa application. In actuality, the indictment alleges that Song was still a member of China’s military at the time she applied for the visa and when she entered the U.S.

The indictment also alleges that Song actually worked at a military hospital in Beijing, not that she was just a “student.” Alan Kohler Jr., with the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, said in a statement:

“Members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army cannot lie on their visa applications and come to the United States to study without expecting the FBI and our partners to catch them.”

She added:

“Time and again, the Chinese government prioritizes stealing U.S. research and taking advantage of our universities over obeying international norms.”

The indictment claims that in June 2020, Song sought to destroy records revealing her true identity when she heard of a DOJ case against another member of China’s military who had also fraudulently secured a visa to the U.S. to conduct research at a university.

That case charged Chinese national Xin Wang with similar crimes after he allegedly fraudulently secured a J-1 visa to enter the U.S. to conduct research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Federal prosecutors claimed that Wang worked at the same military hospital in Beijing as Song and was able to be in the U.S. for more than a year at his UCSF research job.

When interviewed by the FBI, Song denied her post-2011 ties to China’s military and the military hospital in Beijing. Additionally, according to federal prosecutors, public information that tied Song to China’s military was swept clean off the internet.

U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson, for the Northern District of California, said in a statement:

“We allege that while Chen Song worked as a researcher at Stanford University, she was secretly a member of China’s military, the People’s Liberation Army. When Song feared discovery, she destroyed documents in a failed attempt to conceal her true identity. This prosecution will help to protect elite institutions like Stanford from illicit foreign influences.”

Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair fo the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office said in a statement:

“The FBI’s investigation revealed Chen Song took active steps to destroy evidence of her official affiliation with the Chinese military, including her current PLA credentials depicting her in military dress uniform.”

He added:

“The FBI is committed to protecting academic institutions in the Bay Area from PRC military officers who knowingly and willfully lie about their military affiliations to access American research and development. We will exhaust all investigative techniques and measures to ensure the safety, security, and hard work of American universities.”

Song currently faces up to 35 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for visa fraud, obstruction charges, and making false statements to federal officials. Song’s trial is set to being on April 12th. 

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Here’s how Communist China has managed to infiltrate all levels of U.S. education, from K-12 through university

December 9th, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In September 2020, Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker, and Claire Christensen, Director of Research and Chinese Studies for Gingrich 360, penned an op-ed calling for the U.S. to step back from its educational relationships with China.

After describing how China has infiltrated educational systems from K-12 through the university level, Gingrich and Christensen pull no punches when they conclude:

“The United States cannot let the Chinese Communist Party transform our prized academic institutions in a system that is submissive to the objectives of China’s totalitarian dictatorship.”

Such a conclusion may appear on its face to be extreme, but the fact of the matter is, such a system of submission is arguably already occurring. Many U.S. educational institutions find themselves financially and academically beholden to China and China’s marching orders.

As we previously reported, China inserts an influential propaganda arm into educational institutions in the form of Confucius Institutes.  Such institutes are ostensibly vehicles for education in Chinese language, history, and culture, but even the Chinese have made no secret of the fact that they are so much more.

Indeed, Chinese government official, Li Changchun, announced publicly in 2011:

“The Confucius Institute is an appealing brand for expanding our culture abroad.”

Li went on to say:

“It has made an important contribution toward improving our soft power. The ‘Confucius’ brand has a natural attractiveness.”

Also, Chinese minister of propaganda, Liu Yunshan, declared in 2010:

“With regard to key issues that influence our sovereignty and safety, we should actively carry out international propaganda battles against issuers such as Tibet, Xinjiang, Taiwan, human rights and Falun Gong…. 

“We should do well in establishing and operating overseas cultural centers and Confucius Institutes.” 

Since 2004, according to a report issued by the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, China has established 525 Confucius Institutes worldwide. 110 of those are in 44 of the 50 United States.

The project is overseen by Hanban, a branch of the Chinese Ministry of Education that is also known as the Office of Chinese Language Council International.  

Hanban reports directly to China’s Ministry of Education.  On Hanban’s executive council sit high ranking state ministry members of bodies such as the General Office of the State Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Confucius Institutes evidently come with an appealing package of funds, personnel, and other perks.

The Senate subcommittee report states:

“Each U.S. school customarily provides its own resources, a physical space for the Confucius Institute, an American Director, and administrative support. 

“Hanban typically provides its funding, a Chinese Director, Chinese teachers, and course materials.

The report goes on to say:

“Confucius Institutes typically receive between $100,000 to $200,000 in start-up funding. 

“After that, Confucius Institutes usually receive similar amounts in annual funding from Hanban, but in some instances are given significantly more.”

Not only do significant amounts of funding change hands, but U.S. schools have evidently been lax in reporting the receipt of such money.  

According to the Senate subcommittee report:

“Current law requires all post-secondary schools to biannually report funding provided by a foreign entity valued at more than $250,000. 

“Nearly seventy percent of U.S. schools with a Confucius Institute that received more than $250,000 in one year failed to properly report that information to the Department of Education.”

Indeed, as we previously reported, Columbia University alone received at least $1 million in unreported funds from China for its Confucius Institute.

A report by the Clarion Project shows that China has donated at least $1.2 billion to American universities.

Such funding and other perks come with many strings attached that fly in the face of academic freedoms typical of schools in the United States.

According to the Senate report, some schools must agree to non-disclosure provisions in their contract with the Confucius Institutes, and perhaps more disturbingly, they must agree by contract to abide by both Chinese and U.S. law.

The Chinese government also hand picks all teachers, events, and speakers.

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The teachers are limited in their scope of teaching in order not to “damage the national interests of China.” 

For instance, the Tiananmen Square massacre and the independence of Taiwan are topics that are entirely off-limits.  In fact, it is explicitly required that any Chinese director or teacher “must ‘conscientiously safeguard [Chinese] national interests.’”  

The Senate subcommittee also found that China does not share with the United States any information on how the directors and teachers of Confucius Institutes are selected It is specifically unknown whether the people filling those positions would meet hiring standards in the United States.

In addition, many Confucius Institute personnel have been found to be in violation of their visa provisions. 

The State Department caught some of these personnel lying about their presence here.  They claimed to be conducting research when, in fact, they were teaching at K-12 schools.

Also, the State Department found that the Confucius Institute director at one school held mock interviews with visa holders in order to coach them about what to say to the State Department about their research.

In conjunction with heavy-handed control of Confucius Institutes in the United States, China has also demonstrated a lack of reciprocity in educational exchanges.

The Senate subcommittee report noted that the U.S. attempted to initiate a sister program called the American Cultural Center (ACC) program in 2010, in which U.S. funding created educational spaces within Chinese partner schools overseas.  The program was intended to promote U.S. culture.

An investigation between 2016 and 2018 found that China interfered with U.S. diplomacy efforts at least 80 times with regards to the ACC facilities.  For instance, some Chinese schools refused to permit State Department officials to attend ACC events.

In other cases, the Chinese government prevented the openings of ACC locations, by requiring permission of the Chinese Communist Party or local governmental officials – permission which was denied.

As a result of these investigations and findings, the State Department ceased all ACC funding in order to assess the program further. Presently there are no plans for additional ACC grants.

In their report, the Senate subcommittee concluded, in part:

“Schools in the United States— from kindergarten to college—have provided a level of access to the Chinese government that the Chinese government has refused to provide to the United States. 

“That level of access can stifle academic freedom and provide students and others exposed to Confucius Institute programming with an incomplete picture of Chinese government actions and policies that run counter to U.S. interests at home and abroad.”

As such, the subcommittee has recommended the following:

“Absent full transparency regarding how Confucius Institutes operate and full reciprocity for U.S. cultural outreach efforts on college campuses in China, Confucius Institutes should not continue in the United States.”

Communist China’s influence on the education of young Americans is not limited to the Confucius Institutes alone, however.

According to the Epoch Times, the College Board, which is the New York-based entity that administers the SAT and AP exams, has partnered with the Chinese Communist Party for over 10 years.

The Epoch Times states that the College Board has:

“worked with the CCP to develop an AP (Advanced Placement) Chinese language and culture course for high schools, helped China gain control over training for Chinese-language teaching in the country, and strongly promoted Beijing-funded Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms.”

According to National Association of Scholars fellow, Rachelle Peterson, China worked behind the scenes for over a decade to infiltrate educational systems in an unwitting United States, via the College Board.

She stated:

“China has managed to build out an entire educational system before the public caught on to what has happened.”

Peterson went on to say:

“It co-opted a prestigious respected name, the College Board, gaining an access it could never have earned outright by working from within organizations that Americans knew and trusted.”

In addition to promoting the development of Confucius Institutes, the College Board also facilitates Communist China’s influence on U.S. education by “corner[ing] the market on Chinese language instruction at the K-12 level in the United States.”

Furthermore, according to Peterson, the College Board works with Hanban on the “Chinese Guest Teacher Program,” which creates a “pipeline of Chinese government-selected teachers flowing into American K–12 schools.”  At least 1650 Chinese teachers have come to the United States via this program since 2006.

As with the case of Confucius Institutes, it appears that money talks, and it apparently carries great weight with the College Board.

Said Peterson:

“The College Board, colleges and universities, other institutions have found it incredibly convenient to be co-opted by the Chinese government because they’re being remunerated handsomely.”

With all the firmly established influence from Communist China in U.S. educational systems, it is no wonder that the U.S. State Department has recently designated the Confucius Institute U.S. Center a diplomatic mission.  The Confucius Institute U.S. Center promotes Confucius programs at all educational levels.

With the announcement of this designation came Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s description  of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as ”an entity advancing Beijing’s global propaganda and malign influence campaign on U.S. campuses and K–12 classrooms.”

Pompeo has also recommended that all Confucius Institutes in the United States close by the end of the year 2020, citing “the risk associated with them and the recruitment of spies and collaborators inside of those institutions.”  

In addition, the NAS has echoed Pompeo’s call for closure of Confucius Institutes, and has recommended to Congress that it withhold federal funding from the College Board unless it cuts its ties with the Chinese Communist Party.

China has not been particularly fond of Pompeo’s stance, with China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian accusing Pompeo of “oppress[ing] the Confucius Institutes under unfounded pretexts.”

Nevertheless, some Confucius Institutes have indeed scheduled to close, including those hosted at the Community College of Denver, the University of North Carolina Charlotte, the University of Oklahoma, and Emory University.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, 22 universities have cut ties with China in 2020, but nearly 50 were continuing their partnerships as of August.  It remains to be seen whether additional schools, and the College Board, will address the foothold that Communist China has in the U.S. educational system.


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