China will have ‘one street camera for every TWO PEOPLE by next year’ as the country tightens its grip on state surveillance

  • Beijing’s ‘Big Brother’ surveillance network is the most powerful in the world
  • The nation is due to be equipped with 626 million CCTV cameras by 2020
  • China also has the five most-monitored cities worldwide, a study reveals
  • The most-surveilled city, Chongqing, has over 2.5 million street cameras 


Beijing is on track to have one CCTV camera for nearly every two people as the Communist Party pushes for Big-Brother-style state surveillance.

The country’s 1.4 billion population are set to be carefully watched by 626 million street monitors – many having facial-recognition functions – as early as next year, a new study has revealed.

China also has the five most-monitored cities in the world, the report finds. Its most-surveilled city, Chongqing, is equipped with more than 2.5 million street cameras, or one for every six people.

According to the report, the world’s five most monitored cities are Chongqing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Tianjin and Ji’nan in order.


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