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Was India’s 2016 “Cashless Society” Experiment Made in China?

The sudden demonetization of large denomination currency notes by the Government of India on 9th November 2016 created a mix of shock, horror, confusion, speculation and conspiracy theories across the Subcontinent. At Cabal Times, we documented the then top conspiracy theories, one of which was that this was a crude attempt at forcing a cashless, surveillance society on India. This was supported by the fact that the Prime Minister had asked his citizenry to go cashless, implying that a cashless society was just around the corner. At the same time, card swiping machines were being distributed in rural villages like candy. Now, a recent WIRED cover story dated 14th December 2017 gives a detailed insider account of how The Powers That Be have created a cashless, surveillance society in urban China. Was this the blueprint for what was attempted in India in November 2016? This raises an alarming possibility that Globalists are actively Chinafying India.

At first glance, this possibility may be dismissed given the fact that China and India are different countries, with different cultures and with different levels of technological and industrial advancement. And they see each others as rivals. Policy makers of the two countries don’t exactly hold brainstorming sessions together, and officials of one country usually draw suspicion if they are found involved in the issues of the other country. But again, China and India also have some similarities, the biggest one being their massive populations. And another similarity is that the Globalists have historically sought to enslave both of them. The Globalists slowly took over China using British India as a base. While the Globalists became deeply entrenched in China through the Maoists following World War II, Globalist position in the Indian Subcontinent never recovered after the Great Brexit of 1947. Nevertheless, the Powers That Be are now on the ground in India again, working diligently to once again bring it under their control. It is only natural that their model of imposing control over the vast population of India would be based on what they have already successfully established in China. Despite India lagging behind in smartphones and Internet connectivity, the Globalists would seek to co-opt and adapt what they have tried and tested in China, rather than invent a new system of social control exclusively for India. This is because both countries also share another glaring similarity. That is the futility of developing a credit-cum-surveillance system identical to the West, which is dependent on trusted networks of banking and corporations. And therefore, in both countries, the Internet, Biometrics and Smartphones are being mobilized to bridge this gap.

Note the one eye.

And therefore we are carefully re-reading the WIRED cover story to see what lies ahead for India.

  • Two smartphone apps, Alipay and Wechat Pay have literally replaced cash in urban China. Compare this to the imposition of PayTM and Airtel and Reliance payment apps in India following the November 2016 demonetization. Now the Indian Government has come up with another app called Bhim, which is being promoted by the Government of India because people were not trusting the apps of private companies. UPDATE: Alibaba, the Chinese parent company of Alipay has a $500 million investment in the Indian PayTM app!!! (Source: The Economist, “India’s missing middle class,” 11/01/2018).
  • To use Alipay and Wechat Pay, a cellphone is needed, along with a Chinese National ID. Was the Chinese National ID the inspiration for India’s creepy biometric Aadhar card? Recently, four Indian Supreme Court judges came out and made the surprising announcement that India’s Supreme Court and its Chief Justice had made questionable decisions in allocating cases of important national interest. One case they seem to be referring to questions the legality of the Aadhar card. The declaration of these judges has no precedent in the history of independent India. And we can infer that even the Supreme Court of India has been sidelined to make way for the Aadhar card.
  • Alipay has more data on individuals that American credit card companies have on their customers. While a credit card company can only monitor card usage, Alipay gets to monitor all the data usage on the cellphone. To quote, “It was as if Amazon had swallowed eBay, Apple News, Groupon, American Express, Citibank, and YouTube—and could siphon up data from all of them.”
  • The eye once again.

    The data-collecting powers of Alipay are used to calculate a credit score for its users through another app called Zhima Credit. When this credit score project began in 2013, the Chinese Government anounced in 2014 that they were establishing a “…….nationwide tracking system to rate the reputations of individuals, businesses, and even government officials. The aim is for every Chinese citizen to be trailed by a file compiling data from public and private sources by 2020, and for those files to be searchable by fingerprints and other biometric characteristics.” The company behind Zhima Credit was given official approval to create a credit-scoring platform.

  • To quote, “Zhima Credit’s algorithm considers not only whether you repay your bills but also what you buy, what degrees you hold, and the scores of your friends.” Having a higher credit score opens up all sorts of doors and opportunities. So far, 200 million Chinese are using it.
  • The Company behind Zhima credit has already cooperated with the Chinese Government in several ways. It has integrated a blacklist of more than 6 million people who have defaulted on court fines. To quote, “The [Chinese] State Council has signaled that under the national social credit system people will be penalized for the crime of spreading online rumors, among other offenses, and that those deemed “seriously untrustworthy” can expect to receive substandard services.” Zhima credit has also sought to obtain lists of students who cheated on exams.
  • On the other hand, people with a high credit score can even skip security check lines at Beijing Airport.
  • The app also has access to your contacts, and your credit score is correlated to what company you keep. If your friends find out you have a low credit score, they will drop you like a hot potato.
  • People who have ended up on Government blacklists for being critical of the Government have found their scores taking a hit.

While India is having nervous tensions with its Chinese neighbors on the border, it seems a Chinese invasion may not be necessary, if the Globalists manage to Chinafy India from within. This will create a digital caste system based on political correctness, far worse than anything India has yet seen.

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