FBI Director Christopher Wray is concerned. US residents who disagree with Chinese leader Xi Jinping are harassed, followed, monitored and threatened.
The U.S. is concerned that the Chinese government is establishing unauthorized “police stations” in U.S. cities through which it can influence U.S. citizens of Chinese descent. “We know these stations exist,” he said FBIDirector Christopher Wray at a hearing of the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday.
“I find it outrageous that the Chinese police force is trying to establish itself in New York without proper coordination. It violates sovereignty and circumvents the normal processes of judicial and law enforcement cooperation,” Ray said. Republican Party US House of Representatives It demanded answers from the Biden administration in October about the influence of such “police stations.” Asked whether such stations violate US law, Ray said the FBI was reviewing “legal parameters.”
“We are not the only country”
The FBI chief said the US has already filed some charges against the Chinese government. They will deal with harassment, harassment, surveillance, and extortion of people living in the United States associated with the Chinese leader. Xi Jinping Difference of opinion. “This is a real problem and we are discussing it with our foreign partners because we are not the only country where this has happened,” he said.
Earlier this month, following an investigation by Dutch authorities, the Chinese Foreign Ministry denied any such stations existed in the Netherlands. China said the offices help Chinese citizens renew documents. According to reports of such facilities in Austria, local authorities are examining the relevant information, as explained by a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior.
Pressure on Chinese abroad
Safeguard Defenders, a European-based human rights organization, published a report in September revealing the presence of dozens of Chinese “police stations” in major cities around the world. The report said the centers were an extension of Beijing’s efforts to pressure overseas Chinese nationals or their families to return to China to face charges there.
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