China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise

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The Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control

  • Sui-Lee Wee
  • The New York Times

BEIJING — The authorities called it a free health check.

Tahir Imin had his doubts.

They drew blood from the 38-year-old Muslim, scanned his face, recorded his voice and took his fingerprints.

They didn’t bother to check his heart or kidneys, and they rebuffed his request to see the results.

“They said, ‘You don’t have the right to ask about this,’” Mr. Imin said.

“‘If you want to ask more,’ they said, ‘you can go to the…

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