The Chinese Communist Government Has Been Caught On US Soil Conducting Operations in Major City
The FBI has conducted a raid at an office in New York City’s Chinatown area that was suspected of serving as a covert outpost of the Chinese Communist Government.
The raid, recently uncovered by The New York Times, occurred in the fall as part of an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. maintains that these “overseas police service centers” as they are called in Chinese media are operated by volunteers who help Chinese nationals renew their licenses, not by police personnel according to Human Events.
“They are not police personnel from China,” Liu Pengyu, an embassy spokesperson said. “There is no need to make people nervous about this.” These “overseas police service centers” allegedly collect intelligence and solve crimes.
FBI counterintelligence agents searched the building according to the Times in a move that serves as an escalation in a worldwide diplomatic conflict between Beijing and the governments of Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands, and the U.S. which have all called upon China to terminate police operations within their borders.
The New York Times reported that at least four Chinese municipalities, namely Fuzhou, Qingtian, Nantong, and Wenzhou have set up several dozen of these police outposts at locations in Japan, Italy, France, Britain, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and other nations.
Igor Merheim-Eyre, an adviser to a Slovakian representative on the European Parliament told the outlet, “It’s extremely worrying from the human rights perspective. We’re essentially allowing the Chinese diaspora to be controlled by the P.R.C. rather than subject to our national laws,” he explained, adding, “That obviously has a huge impact — not only for our relations with the Chinese diaspora across Europe, but also has huge implications for national sovereignty.”
Chinese dissident Lin Shengliang, living in the Netherlands, told reporters that he and many other Chinese nationals speaking out against Beijing are very concerned they’re being tracked by the CCP.
“I am extremely anxious about them,” Lin said. “There are no channels to report this, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Earlier this year CNN reported that FBI Director Christopher Wray said the FBI was opening a new China counterintelligence investigation at an astonishing rate of two per day.
“That’s probably about 2,000 or so investigations,” Wray said. “And that’s not even talking about their cyber theft, where they have a bigger hacking program than that of every other major nation combined, and have stolen more of Americans’ personal and corporate data than every nation combined.”
As Human Events noted, China has a long history of carrying out surveillance on dissidents and foreign citizens far beyond their borders. As recently as December the FBIarrested a Chinese national charged with harassing a pro-Democracy activist from China at a Boston college.