The CCP extends its control networks on Chinese citizens around the world through different means.
At least 54 overseas Chinese police service stations were discovered operating independently and generally without contact with the authorities of the country in which they were operating.
Its functions, according to the official version, is to perform a series of administrative tasks to help Chinese abroad in their country of residence.
The report provided by Safeguard Defender, a human rights NGO focused on China, tells us that this is not always the case, and that it is used for darker purposes and illegally.
Between 2021 and 2022, 230,000 alleged Chinese fugitives were “persuaded” to return to China to face charges as part of a pilot project aimed at countering fraud and transnational online telecommunications fraud.
The police at these stations start their “persuasion techniques” even without evidence against those in their custody.
These techniques include harassment, threats, detention, and harassment of relatives in China. Their children are denied the right to an education and family members are guilty by association. Bank accounts of their friends and relatives can be restricted and even canceled, all in an effort to convince the suspect to return to China.
The absence of judicial guarantees, the illegal means to circumvent the regulations of the host country, and the methods of coercion used represent a serious breach of international law and sovereignty.
The report presents the example of a suspect surnamed Liu, from Zhejiang province, China, and resident in Spain. The accused was persecuted and forced to attend a video conference with a Chinese prosecutor on pollution charges. The video was attended by a member of his family, possibly a veiled threat. Liu was persuaded on January 14, 2020, to return to China to serve his sentence.
The network of Chinese transnational police stations, extends across 5 continents and includes countries such as the United States, Canada, and most European countries. These police are also sometimes referred to as “110 Overseas” a reference to the national police emergency phone number in China.
In some cases they are registered in the country under another name. An example is the two located in London—one appears as a real estate agent and the other a food distributor.
Peter Dahlin, founder of Safeguard Defender, said in an interview with Breitbart London that Europe’s police forces are “woefully unaware of Chinese operations on their soil.”
He added that when authorities are reported raising the alarm, they try to minimize the problem so as not to have conflicts. with Chinese.
He said, “In general, there has been far less focus here in Europe, on protecting the rights of Chinese residents and ensuring that these communities can safely enjoy the democratic freedoms that they should be afforded in Europe.”
Dahlin went on to say that the actions of these police service stations and the 110 Overseas undermine the legal sovereignty of the Chinese abroad and as a first step they should terminate the extradition treaties so that the CCP is pressured into terminating their operations.
Spies and thugs
In March 2022, U.S. authorities arrested three people accused of spying and harassing Chinese citizens residing in the United States.
Those arrested were part of the Chinese secret police known as the Ministry of State Security (MSS).
According to the prosecution, “all of the defendants allegedly perpetrated transnational repression schemes to target U.S. residents whose political views and actions are disfavored by the [the People’s Republic of China] government, such as advocating for democracy in the PRC.”
The group is accused of surveillance, harassment, destruction of property, physical violence, and defamation of Chinese dissidents.
One of the detainees, Shujun Wang, a Chinese American, was the leader of a pro-democracy organization in New York. Prosecutors allege that Wang has been using the organization to monitor Chinese dissidents and report back to China since 2015. He is accused of acting as an agent of the PRC and lying to federal prosecutors in 2017 about his ties to the CCP.
The booths expose the CCP’s crimes against the practice in China, and have been instrumental in informing the public about the atrocities committed by the regime.
Falun Dafa Information Center Executive Director Levi Browde said, “The CCP has resoted to thuggery to threaten and assault us, even here in the U.S. in a clumsy attempt to silence us, but as with most CCP-devised plans, it has backfired.”
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) practitioners in the U.S. and around the world have been under pressure from the Chinese Communist Party since the beginning of the 1999 persecution in China.
The repressive apparatus uses diplomatic means, the secret service, and third parties to slander and persecute both practitioners and support.
The book “Minghui Report, The 20-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China” exposes cases in which members of Chinese embassies and consulates in Australia, Canada, New York, and Chicago directly attacked Falun Gong practitioners both verbally and physically.
On May 17, 2008, Peng Keyu, then CCP consul general in New York, organized several “citizens’ associations” hiring hundreds to over a thousand people to besiege Falun Gong practitioners at a peaceful demonstration in Flushing, New York. The attack on Falun Gong practitioners went on for more than 20 days.
In 2002, the report “Freedom Under Attack” published by the Falun Dafa Information Center, exposes these illegal activities and prompts Congress to proclaim Resolution 447. An excerpt reads: “Whereas…local officials in the U.S., including mayors of several major cities, have been pressured by Chinese consular officials to retract statements of support for the spiritual group Falun Gong;…the Government of the People’s Republic of China should…immediately stop interfering with the exercise of religious and political freedoms within the United States United States, such as the right to practice Falun Gong.”
As can be seen from the chronology of the reports presented, the CCP has used this type of action for far too long, flouting the laws in the countries where it has acted and showing its obsession with control, and its disregard for individual freedoms.