A nonprofit group has discovered 48 new overseas police stations with ties to China’s communist regime, including two previously unknown facilities in Los Angeles and New York City.
The newly identified sites are among more than 100 police outposts that are spread out across 53 nations.
The facilities have been used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to carry out an illicit campaign of transnational repression, according to Safeguard Defenders, a nonprofit organization that published a Dec. 5 update to its findings from a previous investigation released in October.
“It’s outrageous that the Communist Chinese government is exercising extraterritorial law enforcement on U.S. soil,” Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) told The Epoch Times in an email.
“It should be a top priority of Secretary Blinken and Attorney General Garland to shut down these stations to protect our Chinese-American constituents and our nation’s sovereignty from foreign encroachment.”
Malliotakis was among several Republican lawmakers who issued a letter in October demanding explanations from Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Attorney General Merrick Garland for the facilities’ continued existence.
The Safeguard Defenders report found that four separate police departments in mainland China helped to create the facilities, which the regime began setting up in 2016. Those in New York and Los Angeles were established in 2018, and are overseen by the Wenzhou Public Security Bureau, located in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province.
The facilities were allegedly created to assist Chinese immigrants in foreign nations with tasks that would normally be handled by a consulate, such as renewing driver’s licenses and visas.
Increasingly, however, the stations have been linked to the CCP’s United Front Work Department (UFWD), an agency that works to advance the regime’s interests abroad by spreading propaganda, conducting foreign influence operations, suppressing dissident movements, gathering intelligence, and facilitating the transfer of technology to communist China.
Most notably, Safeguard Defenders linked the stations to the CCP’s Operation Fox Hunt, a transnational scheme designed to forcibly repatriate dissidents and other targets of the regime back to mainland China to face communist persecution.
The FBI warned in 2020 that Fox Hunt was a large-scale transnational repression scheme aimed at forcibly repatriating Chinese dissidents through harassment, threats, intimidation, and outright force. In many of these scenarios, the regime attempted to play on racial and cultural loyalty to China, through which it thereby weaponized the Chinese diaspora against itself, urging Chinese living abroad to turn one another in.
Speaking at a November hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the stations were a violation of U.S. sovereignty and were being investigated.
“I have to be careful about discussing our specific investigative work, but to me, it is outrageous to think that the Chinese police would attempt to set up shop—you know, in New York let’s say—without proper coordination,” Wray said.
“It violates sovereignty and circumvents standard judicial and law enforcement cooperation processes.”
Wray didn’t comment directly on the legality of such facilities, but identified them as part of the CCP regime’s campaign of translational repression. The United States and 13 other nations have opened investigations into the facilities, and the Department of Justice has brought forth numerous charges against those allegedly working as unregistered agents of the CCP in the United States.
A Broad Campaign
Meanwhile, the new Safeguard Defenders report discovered that a facility in Paris had directly engaged in at least one illegal campaign to compel a person to return to China, and likely assisted in 80 others. To give an impression of the scale of the effort, the report noted that the Qintian Public Security Bureau in Zhejiang Province claimed to have hired 135 overseas Chinese diasporas to assist in its mission.
The group also claims that Chinese police “persuaded” more than 230,000 Chinese “fugitives” to return to mainland China “voluntarily.” In many instances, this was done by threatening to punish family members of the accused who still live in China.
Wray explained that Chinese communist intelligence agents, acting both in person and through proxies hired in America, systematically engaged in “harassing, stalking, surveilling, blackmailing people who they just don’t like or who disagree with the Xi regime.”
“We have seen plenty of situations … where the Chinese government, under the pretext of going after corruption, have essentially used that as a vehicle to surveil. We’ve had situations where they’ve planted bugs inside Americans’ cars,” Wray said.
“It’s a real problem and it’s something that we’re talking with our foreign partners about as well, because we’re not the only country where this has occurred.”
Speaking at a Dec. 6 press briefing, State Department spokesperson Ned Price similarly said that the Biden administration was aware of the stations and working to contend with the implications posed by the facilities both in the United States and abroad.
“Well, we’re aware of these reports,” Price said.
“Because this isn’t just a phenomenon in the United States, it’s something that we’ve taken note of around the world, we continue to be concerned about PRC transnational repression. We take this issue very seriously,” he added, using the acronym for the regime’s official name, the People’s Republic of China.
Likewise, Price said that it was unsurprising that the CCP would use such facilities as a means of extending its power over the Chinese diaspora, and that such maneuvers are in line with other illicit activities committed by the regime throughout the world.
“The report describes part of the PRC’s transnational repression efforts where PRC officials reach out outside their borders to harass, to surveil, to threaten individuals around the world, including in the United States, to silence those critical of its government,” Price said.
“It’s important to note that, even though you are referring to these so-called unofficial police stations, the underlying issues that these reports have surfaced are not at all new.”
The Justice Department didn’t return a request for comment by press time.
Reprinted with Permission from - The Epoch Times by – Andrew Thornebrooke
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Stinking blinkin and Gorgeous garland. They along with the rest of the administration are beholding it xi. Never going to happen.
For our government to use the words, “we are looking into it,”is enough to make a US citizen to be literally sick at their stomachs. They need to literally knock them down and burn those buildings ASAP.. For Our president to agree to this is beyond my imagination. But we all know that the Bidens are in bed with China, and every other communist country.. What are we thinking? I pray to God that this is all a bad dream.
The sound to me as one more terrorist organization entitled by the DNC. Dems do love terrorists, just ask Hillary and her ascended master, hitler.
This is a very dangerous situation…. Our government needs to shut these things down now! My fear is that our government officials have already been compromised and that is why they look away!
“Speaking at a Dec. 6 press briefing, State Department spokesperson Ned Price similarly said that the Biden administration was aware of the stations and working to contend with the implications posed by the facilities both in the United States and abroad.”
Translation into English from political speak: “Yeah you folks in the media found out there are at least 2 more CCP stations here in the United States. Good thing you only found just 2 more of them. We are working diligently to gin up a more interesting “news” story for you folks to run with, so we can bury this story as quickly as possible. No one in this administration is going to shut these things down or demand the CCP order them closed. That would upset President Xi and might impact our weekly “bonuses” from China. Now you’ll have to excuse me, as I have a lunch meeting to attend where my Chinese handler will give me futher guidance on this and other matters.”
Biden’s entire administration is extremely deep in bed with China, Russia, Iraq, Iran, and Venezuela. They do anything and everything to make those countries stronger and the U.S. weaker. ????????????
In the process of facilitating this transfer of power, some of our treasonous leaders think they will gain enough favor with the CCP to keep their Ill gotten wealth and power. When they have outlived their usefulness, they will be eliminated by the same party they support and will finally realize the level of betrayal the people, (at least the ones paying attention), are feeling now!
Sounds like a fair assessment of the situation. Along with the push to disarm American citizens it seems the tactics of warfare have changed. China would rather have unfettered access to our resources and innovation than blow us up. With the CCP’s growing influence over our Executive branch, the 2nd Amendment has never been more important than it is right now!
Might also disrupt the training of select Americans at these illegal police stations, like how to properly place a person that will not agree with their form of government on their knees for execution, how to use riots as a cover to overthrow the Government of The United States, I could go on. I could go on, I’m sure you see the point, I agree PaulE that this administration will not see or do anything to correct this invasion anymore than what has been done to answer the biological attacks of our Nation by the handler’s of biden.
Dems are planning to not give up the WH in 2024.. just like Venezuela
The US government should be swiftly getting critical product manufacturing back to the US ASAP. Then tell the Chi-Coms to go jump in the China Sea! No Confucius Institutes, no TikTok, no buying US farmland!
Our government should be, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.
More TREASON from DICTATOR Beijing biden VIOLATING OATH OF OFFICE AND U.S. CONSTITUTION.
ANOTHER KNIFE STABBED INTO AMERICANS BACK.
WHY ARE YOU NOT RAISING HELL OVER THIS AMERICA?
NEXT WILL BE COMMUNIST CHINA MILITARY BASES BEING BUILT HERE. WILL YOU STILL STAY QUIET OR WAIT TILL THE COMMUNIST CHINESE MILITARY IS AT YOUR FRONT DOOR COMING FOR YOU?
It’s called apathy David…they think it doesn’t affect them, so why make a fuss.
Does anyone have doubts about the sellout to China now? With this insidious process, proof and action against it will always be too late!
Read they were worldwide
China continues to make gun-less war on the USA and other free world Nations. And with the current Bejing Biden led Commie DemocRat Party, the world is in a perilous situation. With Biden and the DemocRats RULING this Nation, it is a dangerous situation for the world in general.
So, kick China out of the UN!! Or better yet, kick the UN (which is of no value to the USA) out of the US and make the State Department do its job!
Another problem is that the State Dept. DOES NOT KNOW HOW DO DO THEIR JOB EITHER. Have to get rid of all three.
These so-called professionals have been wrong on most everything for 70 years! Remember they opposed Reagan’s calling the USSR an “evil empire” and telling Gorby to “tear down this wall.” They opposed obeying US law and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. They all work for globalism, not MAGA.
Couldn’t agree more RyansDad, but Max’s comment below hit the nail on the head.
Why don’t we shut these operations down and deport their agents?
No, JAIL the agents with hard-time, long term sentences in solitary.
What the hell is a foreign power doing with a police force in America, hey! Blinken, get Nod (Biden) and Wynken (Kamala) and tell the China that they have 24 hours to get their low life police force back on Chinese Soil or you will arrest them as spy’s!
“It should be a top priority of Secretary Blinken and Attorney General Garland to shut down these stations…”
LOL! l’m sure that THEY are just fine with it.
They are too busy harassing conservative Americans to worry about CCP in America.
“The America ChangLe Association in New York on Oct. 6, 2022. An overseas Chinese police outpost in New York, called the Fuzhou Police Overseas Service Station, is located inside the association building.” (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
A foreign government espionage bureau police office, in several cities of the United States … it’s not creepy- it is crap.
Is not a worry – it’s espionage surrealism. Our US government bureaucracy departments have laws and executive orders that justified these actions- no worry.