Millions of Chinese citizens are now banned from buying flights and train tickets under the new social credit system, according to a document obtained from the National Public Credit Information Center.
The document details how 17.5 million flight tickets and 5.5 million train tickets were blocked in 2018 because the citizens attempting to purchase them were on the government’s blacklist for social credit offences.
The Communist Party of China (CPC) says the social credit system is an essential component of the Socialist market economic system and the social governance system. Its aim is to encourage trustworthy behavior through a blend of penalties and rewards for citizens to improve a fast-changing society after three decades of economic reform. Offenses can include failure to pay taxes or fines, jaywalking, smoking, shoplifting, or taking drugs. Penalties include restrictions on travel, business, obtaining loans, or access to education. Companies can lose access to low-interest bank loans or be dropped from government contracts.
One government slogan for the scheme says: “Once you lose trust, you will face restrictions everywhere.”
The social control system is part of efforts by President Xi Jinping’s Communist regime to use artificial intelligence and surveillance cameras to control more than a billion people.
CPC launched social credit in 2014 and is currently piloting it in multiple cities around China. The system is expected to roll out nationwide by 2020, giving the government control to almost all people and businesses.
Human rights activists warn that social credit is too hard on citizens and might unfairly label people as untrustworthy without telling them.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence condemned social credit in October as “an Orwellian system premised on controlling virtually every facet of human life.”https://newspunch.com/millions-chinese-banned-travel-social-credit-system/https://web.archive.org/web/20190311165812/https://newspunch.com/millions-chinese-banned-travel-social-credit-system/