since the year 2018, China hasn’t had any trouble recognizing that they’ve started to install “police service stations” in several cities of the world, that go from Buenos Aires until tokyowhich have the function of supposedly helping the chinese citizens with his legal procedures and “collect intelligence” from their compatriots abroad.
This year, police in the Chinese city of Fuzhouannounced that 30 of these have already been established police stations to level internationalhighlighting the presence of at least six of them in Latin America.
In the region, two stations stand out in Ecuadorone in Quitocapital of the country and the other in Guayaquil. Meanwhile in Chili one of these offices is registered in the coastal city of Viña del Marvery close to the capital, Santiago.
In the case of atlantic side of the southern cone, there are three other stations, two in Brazillocated in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulowhile in the Argentine capital, Buenos Airesthere is also the presence of one of these Chinese police stations.
At first, the international community did not pay much attention to this situation, but in recent weeks they have gained great importance, raising alarm among european governments already wary of the growing extraterritorial influence of the Chinese regime.
The human rights charity, Safeguard Defenderspublished a first detailed review of these offices of the chinese police in September.
The report motivated the Netherlands will declare illegal two of those facilities in amsterdam and rotterdam and ordered its closure.
Ireland followed this action and also demanded the closure of another office in Dublin. While the security minister of the United Kingdom, Tom Tugendhatassured this month before the British Parliament that the reports of the Chinese police stations They were “extremely concerning.”
Of course the beijing regime He has denied that police service stations abroad have any surveillance role. However, the local police qingtian He proudly declared that “foreign police work” ranged from “helping” compatriots with paperwork to “gathering intelligence”.
“To the best of our knowledge, the institutions you referred to are not ‘police stations’ or ‘police service centers,’” China‘s Foreign Ministry wrote regarding the offices.
The ministry insisted that the facilities were used to “provide administrative services”, such as driver’s license renewals, to citizens abroad. But they did not explain why embassies or the consulates They can’t do that job.
moritz rudolphmember of the Yale Law School and who is also investigating the implications of China’s rise in the international legal order, said these police stations were also a small part of Beijing’s much broader ambitions to enforce its laws outside its territory, according to the report. half british, Financial Times.
“Since 2019, China has been passing more laws with extraterritorial applications, normal behavior for an emerging power. China tries to catch up with the US, but it’s not even close when it comes to enforcing its national laws abroad, particularly in Europe,” Rudolf denounced.
The qingtian police He has said that he uses his stations to “to persuade to return”, to Chinese nationals abroad, accused of being suspected of crimes by evading formal extradition processes through harassment as part of a campaign employed by the Beijing regime.
The “persuade to return” campaign is part of the Chinese regime’s growing effort to go after those it deems criminals abroad, a push aimed as much at cracking down on transnational crimes like online fraud as it is at pursuing political goals, it posted. the Financial Times.
China’s vice minister of public security Du Hangweisaid in April that 210,000 “scammers” had been “persuaded” to return in 2021. However, he did not give details of the persuasion methods used.
wang jingyua Chinese political dissident who is in exile in the Netherlandsreported having received multiple harassing calls from Chinese numbers listed as belonging to a police station established in Fuzhou, China.
“They told me to go to the police station abroad in rotterdam to turn myself in and think of my parents in China. I didn’t think it was real, how could there be a Chinese police station here?” Wang said..
“Some of these people are good, some are bad, but the issue is about the right to a fair trial and not to be torturedsaid Peter Dahlin, founder of Safeguard Defenders.
“Any attempt to expatriate any person illegally,” the UK security minister said.
In an investigation carried out by the Financial Times, tried to reach several of the numbers of the Chinese police stations established in Europe. However, they received no response. Except, that of a man who answered the number of the Madeira station, in Portugal, speaking in chinese-mandarin and said the line served a local association that organized social events for Fuzhou migrants, not a police station.
Closing the stations will not end the Beijing regime’s desire to expand its police reach. As proof of this, in the year 2020 the national security law of Hong Kong which criminalizes support for the independence of the city of China by anyone, anywhere.
They also passed legislation against “online fraud” that goes into effect in December and criminalizes overseas scams that have victims in China.
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