The Chinese regime has set up over 100 overseas police stations worldwide to monitor, harass, coerce and even repatriate exiled Chinese citizens in some cases.
CNN, citing a report from human rights campaigner Safeguard Defenders, found evidence that the Chinese regime was running 48 additional police stations outside China’s territory. The group in September said that there were 54 such stations.
Safeguard Defenders provided specific examples accusing that such stations intimidated overseas Chinese nationals, coercing them to return to China from France, Serbia, and Spain.
The human rights group found four police jurisdictions of the Ministry of Public Security of the Chinese regime to be active in at least 53 countries.
The report alleged the Chinese communist regime signed bilateral security deals with countries in Europe and Africa to operate those police stations on their soil, such as Italy, Croatia, Serbia, and South Africa.
The Beijing regime has denied these allegations, claiming that these stations function as administrative hubs and are established to help Chinese expatriates with administrative tasks.
Safeguard Defenders also found that these police stations force and coerce Chinese nationals to go home against their will. Safeguard Defenders Campaign director Laura Harth said,
“What we see coming from China is increasing attempts to crack down on dissent everywhere in the world, to threaten people, harass people, make sure that they are fearful enough so that they remain silent or else face being returned to China against their will.”
The findings have prompted outrages and swift measures in some countries while some remain silent.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before a Homeland Security Committee last month, saying that he was deeply concerned about the findings. “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. It violates sovereignty and circumvents standard judicial and law enforcement cooperation processes.”
Other countries that found their names in the report also have taken action. Ireland has closed the Chinese police station on its soil, while the Netherlands and Spain have opened investigations into the allegations.