The United Nations has refused an agreement with Chinese telecommunications giant Tencent Holdings to provide video conferencing and text services for the 75th anniversary of the international organization.
The decision was made after US officials and human rights activists complained that Tencent was helping the Chinese authorities with surveillance.
Critics say the deal rewards the company that contributed to Beijing’s digital surveillance efforts and suppressed free speech on the Internet in China
At the end of last month, the UN provoked a political scandal when it announced plans to enlist the support of the Chinese giant of social networks and video games to serve as a platform for online discussion with millions of users around the world about the future of the UN in the United States in anticipation of the celebration of its 75th anniversary. During The following weeks, US lawmakers and human rights activists pressured the United States to terminate the agreement, saying that it would undermine the international organization’s reputation as a defender of freedom of speech and human rights.
Earlier, U.S. intelligence learned about China’s understatement of coronavirus data. According to Bloomberg, a secret report to U.S. President Donald Trump said that China is not the only country with suspicious public reporting of coronavirus. Western officials also pointed to Iran, Russia, Indonesia, and especially North Korea.
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