China surveillance firm secures UK deals
A CHINESE surveillance company accused of helping Beijing to spy on persecuted Uighur Muslims has struck a string of new camera deals with British councils, helping it rake in millions of pounds of revenue last year.
Pyronix, the Sheffield-based division of Hangzhou-headquartered CCTV firm Hikvision, increased its British sales by £4.6m to £38m in 2019 according to filings at Companies House.
Hikvision bought Pyronix in 2016 for £16m and the two companies have since worked together on video surveillance technology.
Hikvision is 42pc owned by the Communist regime in China.
Its cameras have previously been advertised to automatically identify Uighurs. There are growing reports of forced sterilisation among the ethnic minority group in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, and the mass spread of political prisons. The UK Government accused China of gross human rights abuses last week.
China’s ambassador to the UK has denied ill-treatment of Uighurs.
A Hikvision spokesman said: “Hikvision takes all reports of human rights very seriously and recognises our responsibility for protecting people. We have been engaging with the UK and US government to clarify misunderstandings about the company and address their concerns.”