This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
The Chinese Communist Party has established unofficial police “service stations” in major cities around the world, including in the United States, according to an independent investigation.
Some of the stations are used by Chinese police to carry out policing operations on foreign soil, said the report by the Spain-based human rights NGO Safeguard Defenders, the Post Millennial reported.
Published in September with the title “110 Overseas: Chinese Transnational Policing Gone Wild,” the report found that 30 Chinese surveillance stations were established in 25 cities across 21 countries at the beginning of 2022. Since then, another 22 stations have been set up in 22 new cities in 17 countries.
“110” is a reference to China’s number for emergency services.
The police operations do not cooperate or coordinate with local law enforcement, the report said, displaying the Chinese Communist Party’s “transnational repression” and “long-arm policing” in its monitoring of dissidents.
China insists that most of the work done by the “police stations” is no different than what would take place at an embassy.
Chinese police said that between April 2021 and July 2022, they “persuaded” 230,000 purported fugitives to return to China “voluntarily.”
Among the tools of “persuasion” are denying a target’s children education and punishing family members of the target who don’t cooperate with the police.
The report noted a new law will go into effect on Dec. 1 that establishes “full extraterritoriality over Chinese and foreigners globally for certain crimes (fraud, telecom fraud, online scams, etc.).”
Canada’s National Post reported the Chinese police stations in Toronto are nearly invisible to the public. One operates out of a private home and another in a largely Chinese mall.