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24 June


China will use 5G to tackle smuggled goods and migrants

Technology start to test in North Korean border

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/NOVOSTIVL/ A Chinese border patrol unit plans to use 5G technology to help stem the flow of refugees from North Korea and smuggled goods between the two countries, according to mainland Chinese media. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

The unit in Tonghua, Jilin province, signed an agreement with China Mobile – the largest wireless network operator – on March 23 to build the country’s first 5G checkpoint at Unbong, or Yunfeng Reservoir in Chinese, Legal Daily reported.

Yunfeng border police would trial the use of new technologies such as virtual reality glasses, simultaneously updating logbooks, drones and 4K night-vision monitors to patrol the border when the 5G network is fully established. The report did not say when the project would be completed.

Analysts said the development came as China was expecting a significant rise in the number of North Korean refugees crossing the border this summer as its northern neighbour faced a severe food shortage.