Kai Strittmatter


Kai Strittmatter was for more than a decade the China correspondent for Germany’s national newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Fluent in Mandarin, he has studied China for more than 30 years, including extensive stints in Xi’an and Taipei. He is now a member of the advisory board at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin.

His most recent book We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China’s Surveillance State, explains how the internet and high tech have transformed the power of Chinese authoritarians, allowing them to create the most efficient surveillance state in history. Advances in technology—facial recognition, GPS tracking, supercomputer databases, mobile phones, high-resolution security cameras—make it nearly impossible for a Chinese citizen to hide anything from authorities.