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China tech

China's 'sharp eyes' offer chance to take surveillance industry global

Trade war tensions threaten overseas ambitions of public safety players

China's facial recognition technology identifies visitors in a display at the Digital China Exhibition in Fuzhou, Fujian province, last month.   © Reuters

SHENZHEN/HONG KONG/TAIPEI -- China's security industry is booming, driven by Beijing's drive to install state of the art surveillance technology on every street corner. Now, however -- just as many companies are beginning to succeed in markets beyond China's borders -- a new front may be opening up in Washington's trade war with China that could hinder those overseas ambitions.

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