Chinese communist agents may be conducting clandestine and extralegal policing operations around the world to inflict and hunt down those wanted by Beijing. This work is being done in the United States, Canada, as well as Europe.
A new report claims that these police stations were created to combat fraud but are actually a tool to increase the power and influence of the communist regime. This is a confirmation of the accelerating trend of communist power infringing on the “rights & freedoms of overseas Chinese” and exiled minority communities.
Safeguard Defenders is a European pan-Asian human right NGO. It published a September report titled “110 Overseas Chinese Transnational Policing Gone Wild” that detailed how the communist Chinese regime used “overseas service stations” on five continents.
Liu Rongyan (director of the Overseas Chinese Police Office, Fuzhou City) announced on January 22 that the first batch of 30 overseas police services had been opened in 25 cities in 21 countries. These 54 centers are now supported by the CCP.
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One station is alleged to be in New York and three in Toronto. There are many stations in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
China claims that these stations are used to assist expats as micro-consulates by aiding with administrative tasks, such as renewing drivers’ licences or filing police reports. However, Safeguard Defenders stated that their primary purpose is to force people to return to China if they have been found to have violated Chinese law.
The report stated that these operations “eschew official bilateral cop and judicial cooperation and violate international laws.” They could also “violate” the territorial integrity and sovereignty of third countries involved in the creation of a parallel police force using illegal methods.
These centers were created in tandem with the CCP’s campaign of intimidation and extortion against Chinese nationals and foreigners to return to China for criminal proceedings. Between April 2021 to July 2022 communist authorities claimed that 230,000 Chinese nationals had been “persuaded” to return.
Two methods are frequently used by Safeguard Defenders to encourage nationals to return.
CCP agents first track down the family of a target in China to “press them with intimidation, harassment or imprisonment to persuade their family members to come back ‘voluntarily’.”
CCP agents and proxies are sent to harass and threaten the target so that they return “voluntarily.”
Freedom House last year reported that communist officials depend on “a broader range of influence that includes cultural associations, diaspora organizations, and in some instances, organized crime networks” for proxies and willing conspirators.
Safeguard Defenders reported that these methods and stations that support their executioners leave legal Chinese residents abroad exposed to extra-legal target by Chinese police. They also lack the theoretical protection under international and national law.
Chinese authorities claim that hundreds of thousands of people were persuaded back to China by fraudsters and telecom fraudsters; however, recent evidence suggests that intimidation campaigns against religious minorities and political dissidents have been used.
Pan Yongguan, a pastor and 61 Christians belonging to the Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church, fled China in 2019 as they sought refuge from communist persecution. Yongguan’s actions led to the imprisonment of his family members, who remained in China.
Similar pressure was applied to the families of other congregants (e.g., the legal status of a newborn was denied by authorities), in the hope that expats would be able to face charges for treason or “collusion to foreign forces.”
Although Yongguan claimed that CCP agents were following him in Thailand, he was not captured. However, other CCP targets who fled to China with close Chinese ties were quickly captured.
Many of the 1,500 Uyghur Muslims who were detained and hunted in the Near East or North Africa, have been extradited to China.
According to a Freedom House report, China has the “most sophisticated, global, comprehensive, and extensive campaign of transnational repression” in the world. The CCP targets many groups, including ethnic and religious minorities as well as political dissidents, journalists, human rights activists, journalists and ex-insiders who are accused of corruption.
The communists may find it more expedient to accuse these people of fraud than of fraud, which is the focus of their foreign police stations.
The tactics used are the same regardless of who is being accused. They include “direct attacks like renditions” to co-opting countries to detain exiles and mobility controls to threats from far like spyware, digital threats, and coercion via proxy.
Although New York City is the only American location for a CCP-operated police station, the Fuzhou Public Security Bureau manages a lot of intimidation and interference nationwide.
Chinese officials allegedly conscripted Baimadajie Angwang, a NYPD officer and U.S. Army reservist (of Tibetan descent), to spy on the Tibetan community of New York City for the communist regime in September 2020. He was accused of being an illegal agent for the CCP, as well as wire fraud, making false claims, and obstruction of an official proceeding.
Eight illegal Chinese agents were indicted for locating and intimidating targets of CCP in October 2020. They wanted to force their targets to return to China where they would be subject to illegitimate trials and possible imprisonment.
Craig Miller, Derrick Taylor and one other current and former Department of Homeland Security agent were indicted on July 7 for their involvement with a transnational Chinese communist repression scheme that sought to silence critics of this regime.
Ji Chaoqun, a Chinese national aged 31, was found guilty on September 26 of conspiring to act as an agent for a foreign government. Former U.S. Army reservist Ji Chaoqun had provided information about individuals who were being recruited to the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security. Other Chinese nationals were also involved in U.S. engineering and science.
The Globe and Mail reported in their report that the Canada Toronto FuQing Business Association was one of three CCP stations operating in Toronto. According to reports, this association was “established “under the guidance” of several Chinese and Fujianese government agencies, including a municipal committee from the United Front Work Department which projects the Chinese Communist Party’s influence abroad.
It is not clear if these alleged communist police stations are operating “with the imprimatur, or even knowledge of” the host government.
Camille Boily Lavoie, a spokesperson for the RCMP, stated to the Globe that the federal law force was aware of foreign states’ attempts to intimidate or hurt Canadian communities and individuals.
According to the National Post dissidents who were targeted by the CCP warned Canadian authorities about organized harassment by communist agents, for years.
Canadians who criticize the CCP’s genocide Uyghurs living in Xinjiang were harassed by CCP proxies.
Cherie Wong was threatened with death and rape by communist activists in British Columbia, Canada. Wong stated that those who criticize the CCP’s murderous policies and its brutal policies can expect to receive a threat “tea-visit” from Chinese officials.
Shen Xue, a Chinese dissident, fled persecution in China and moved to Canada to escape it. She was allegedly threatened by Toronto CCP agents. She said, “I thought I had escaped from fear.” “But I realized they are here, with their people, their network and their power. And everything is here.”
According to a cabinet letter, the House of Commons was “aware” that foreign states, including China’s People’s Republic or its proxies may try to intimidate Canadians or Canadians living abroad.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, publicly declared that he admires China’s “basic dictatorship.” Canada’s spy agency warned him last year that communist Chinese interference programs “have become normalized.”
Canadian Coalition on Human Rights in China criticized the Trudeau government for its response to communist interference. They called it weak, ineffective, piecemeal, and more often unsatisfactory.
According to the group, “many people fear that Chinese consular agents or government are monitoring their speech and activities.” The inept responses from Canadian officials have almost certainly given rise to Chinese state actors.”
Charles Burton, a senior fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute called the presence CCP police stations at Toronto “an outrage.”
He wrote that China’s police set up Canadian offices to ‘persuade’ suspected criminals to return home to face ‘justice — while Canada’s government and security services chose to ignore this — was a gross violation Canada’s sovereignty, international law, and the norms and diplomacy.
Burton said, “China is expanding the grip of its Orwellian state police state into this nation.”
CCP agents can open a shop in Canada, but it’s not the only country that allows them.
Il Foglio in Italy reports that there is a Fuzhou Overseas Police Station in Prato, Tuscany. The station is used by some Chinese expats as an alternative to a legal Italian court. It’s similar to the Sharia law courts which operate extralegally in Britain.
According to reports, the communist-linked police station “not of particular concern” for the real Italian police as it “only deals in administrative practices and is not concerned with public security.”
Safeguard Defenders reports that there are communist Chinese-linked security agencies in the following British, European and Balkan countries: The Netherlands, Ireland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, Ukraine, Serbia, Sweden, Spain, England, and Greece.