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China pivots to unprecedented full-surveillance society

Government adopts 'follow the money' approach to target lawbreakers

Chinese people are increasingly under surveillance by the government.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Beijing is applying the finishing touches to what it calls a new "social credit system" meant to centralize credit-related information about individuals and businesses.

The central government has stressed that the system will benefit the public by providing public services more effectively. But it could also be a tool for authorities to identify and punish violators.

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