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Chinese schools receiving World Bank loans wanted to buy facial recognition technology for use against Muslims in Xinjiang, according to documents obtained by Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Axios' new China expert.
A World Bank-funded school unsuccessfully requested a facial-recognition software system to create a "blacklist face database that can be set and armed."
In more than 8,000 pages of World Bank Chinese-language procurement documents dated June 2017, participants in the loan program requested tens of thousands of dollars to buy facial recognition cameras and software, night-vision cameras, and other surveillance technology for Xinjiang schools.
What happened: In 2015, the World Bank began a loan program providing $50 million over five years to five Xinjiang vocational schools.
In August, the loan program came under congressional scrutiny for possible complicity in China’s repression.
A World Bank spokesperson told Axios that procurement documents had not been translated into English, making oversight difficult because only Chinese-speaking staff could read them.
Go deeper: Read the procurement documents.
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Hat tip: Vox's Aaron Rupar
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