China operates more than 100 secret ‘police stations’ worldwide: report

  • China has more than 100 “police stations” around the world to monitor its citizens in exile, a report said.
  • Some of these facilities are being set up with the help of the host countries, Safeguard Defenders claims.
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray said he was “very concerned” about Chinese “police stations” in the US.

According to a report by Madrid-based human rights campaign group Safeguard Defenders, quoted by CNN, China operates more than 100 so-called police stations worldwide to monitor, harass and repatriate its citizens in exile.

Many of these stations are established as part of bilateral security agreements with host countries in Europe and Africa, the report said.

Safeguard Defenders tracked enforced disappearances in China by searching official Chinese open-source documents for evidence of alleged human rights abuses.

It first revealed the existence of 54 such stations in September and said it has now found evidence of 48 others.

The organization cited specific examples where a Chinese national was forced to return to China from France and other cases where Chinese nationals were deported from countries like Serbia and Spain.

Safeguard Defenders said it found four separate police jurisdictions under China’s Ministry of Public Security active in at least 53 countries, according to CNN.

China has denied using undeclared police forces abroad, and its foreign ministry told CNN in November, “We hope the relevant parties will stop playing it up to create tension.” Using this as an excuse to slander China is unacceptable.”

China has claimed the facilities are only for expatriates who need help with administrative tasks like document renewal.

They have also claimed that some of the stations were set up in response to the pandemic, but the Safeguard Defenders report claimed the offices opened a few years earlier.

FBI Director Christopher Wray told a Homeland Security Committee last month that he was “very concerned” about possible unauthorized Chinese police stations in US cities.

“It is outrageous to think that the Chinese police would try to set up a business, say, in New York, without proper coordination. It violates sovereignty and bypasses the normal processes of judicial and law enforcement cooperation,” he said.

The revelations about the police stations have sparked investigations in at least 13 countries, CNN said.

Ireland, like the Netherlands, ordered the closure of a Chinese police station found on its territory. Canada has issued a “cease and desist” warning to China over police stations.

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