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Illegal Chinese Office in NYC Could Also Be a Center for Espionage Against U.S.

China abrió una comisaría ilegal en Nueva York para perseguir a sus ciudadanos

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China’s illegal office set up in NYC to persecute its citizens could also be a center for sabotage and espionage against the US.  

A report emerged last month that authorities set up 110 police service centers outside mainland China, including one in NYC, with which they would repatriate Chinese through coercion; however, experts say these offices could also be used to target American intelligence.

“The Chinese are not simply forcing people to go back to China and stand trial, but they may be giving them directions to do other things,” such as espionage, recruitment, influence operations, sabotage or subversion, said Frank Gaffney, executive chairman of the Washington-based Center for Security Policy.  

Gaffney stated that he believes the operation is likely to be contrary to U.S. law since there is no reciprocity agreement to allow the FBI to operate in China.

“That’s the sort of thing that we will not accept, I believe, in our country, not from our own law enforcement agencies, and certainly not from a foreign to say nothing of a hostile foreign one, like the Chinese Communist Party,” he said.

Given the threat it posed to the U.S., Gaffney urged the swift closure of the New York operation and an immediate investigation to unravel its nature.

Not only has the Chinese regime sent spies to the U.S. and managed to plagiarize confidential and proprietary information, it has now also established a “police service station” located in New York.  

Safeguard Defenders, a human rights organization, reported that these operations violate the international rule of law and may violate territorial integrity in third countries involved in the establishment of a parallel policing mechanism using illegal methods.

The NGO argues that the stations have been used to enhance China’s law enforcement capabilities abroad, in possible violation of international law, with possible human rights abuses, including the use of harassment and intimidation methods, such as threatening family members of citizens abroad. 

The stations have also served as centers for disseminating Chinese government propaganda and monitoring the behavior and opinions of its citizens.

According to the report, these police service stations are primarily set up to perform a number of ostensibly administrative tasks, to assist overseas Chinese, but they also have a much more sinister and totally illegal purpose. 

The report notes that some official anecdotes from operations explicitly cite the active participation of Citizens’ Associations in the field to track and pursue targets.

Sabrina Martín Rondon is a Venezuelan journalist. Her source is politics and economics. She is a specialist in corporate communications and is committed to the task of dismantling the supposed benefits of socialism // Sabrina Martín Rondon es periodista venezolana. Su fuente es la política y economía. Es especialista en comunicaciones corporativas y se ha comprometido con la tarea de desmontar las supuestas bondades del socialismo

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