Have 21 million people disappeared in China?
According to a Beijing report on March 20, 2020, for the first time ever, the number of Chinese cellphone users dropped by 21 million in the past three months.
Their mobile accounts? Gone!
It can be assumed that deaths due to the coronavirus have contributed to the high number of account closings, but according to the official reports from China, only 3,200 people have died from the coronavirus. So if only 3,200 people have died, why are there 21 million cellphone accounts that have closed in the last three months?
This is very odd.
In February, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced on March 19 the number of phone users in each province. Compared with the previous announcement, which was released on Dec. 18, 2019, for November 2019 data, both cellphone and landline users dropped dramatically. This was the first time in two decades that the number of phone accounts had dropped nation wide. The number of cellphone users decreased from 1.600957 billion to 1.579927 billion, a drop of 21.03 million, while the number of landline users decreased from 190.83 million to 189.99 million, a drop of 840,000.
China Mobile, China’s largest mobile network provider, reported that it gained 3.732 million more accounts in December 2019, but lost 0.862 million in January 2020 and 7.254 million in February 2020.
This is extremely concerning because cellphones are an indispensable part of life in China. This year, China has required that all citizens have a digital ID that is tied to your personal mobile phone – registered with your ID number.
So the question is – have more people died than China is admitting or is something else taking place here?
Almost all commerce is done by mobile phone these days. It is absolutely essential to have a mobile phone in modern China. Some places in China no longer take cash or credit card, but only take payment via mobile phone.
The drop in mobile numbers might point to something else other than death and that is the Christians in China are waking up to the electronic persecution that is taking place.
BTJ has been reporting for months about the social credit scoring system in China and the electronic observation that China has been doing on their citizens using their mobile phone against them.
The control has never been as painful as it has during the mandatory quarantine in China. Since the coronavirus lockdown started in Wuhan in January 2020, the Chinese authorities have required all citizens to obtain a QR code for travel. A green QR code is required to issued to your personal phone before you are allowed to travel. Without a green QR code, a person cannot travel and without a phone it is impossible to obtain a green QR code.
For those that might think that they could simply use a phone belonging to someone else – think again. Last year, China made facial scans on your mobile phone mandatory by law before a purchase could be completed.
Starting last year, China required that every citizen have a digital ID attached to your cellphone that would be confirmed by facial scan and would link to your bank accounts, social security accounts, payment apps, purchasing apps, and are bundled into a package with all your messaging and social media apps.
BTJ has been reporting that many of the Chinese leaders have thrown their mobile phones away so that the government cannot track them, evaluate their purchasing habits, track their travel, or monitor their conversations.
It could be that Chinese Christians are no longer comfortable with the “Big Brother” watching them and have decided it is better to live without a mobile phone than to be controlled.