China under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is poised to become the world’s first technology enabled totalitarian superpower. No country will be untouched by this development, including Estonia, where a Chinese state-owned technology company Nuctech specialising in “security solutions” monitors cargo crossing the NATO border with Russia using a radiation-based technology originally copied from Europe.
A clear understanding of the Chinese political system shows why there is fundamental cause for concern in all this, and why Chinese technology should not be viewed as politically neutral.
Previously published in this series:
- Andrew A. Michta: China in Europe and Transatlantic Security
- Frank Jüris: China’s Influence Activities in Estonia
- Kadri Kaska and Maria Tolppa: China’s Sovereignty and Internet Governance
- Märt Läänemets: Academic Co-operation with the People’s Republic of China: Dangers and Temptations