The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is seeking influence in all parts of the world. Much of the time in the United States, that includes buying influence from corrupt politicians, buying up American land, and hiring researchers that once worked in the U.S. to work on military technologies. But their operations now extend to quietly instituting police stations in other countries.
While both the U.S. and Canada have taken action to stop it, Australian officials remain largely unconcerned and unbothered, according to The Epoch Times. Two police stations were reportedly identified by the human rights group Safeguard Defenders. The Spanish international non-governmental organization publicized the CCP’s illegal outposts and noted that the cleverly named “service centers” in Australia are among 102 others placed in 53 countries.
The report by the organization states that the CCP claims to use the centers for administrative purposes, but that is merely a coverup. The centers reportedly collude with police in China to persecute and intimate targets to return to the country for persecution. There have been at least 80 cases where Nantong police assisted in “persuasion to return” operations.
Around 230,000 overseas Chinese nationals have reportedly been “persuaded” to return to China for persecution between April 2021 and July 2022. Chinese dissidents in Sydney, living in an Eastwood community densely populated by Chinese migrants, have raised concerns about the outposts in the area, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, the FBI has arrested two Chinese agents in April on charges of operating a secret police station in New York. Prosecutors say that the two men were on orders from the CCP to find and silence Chinese dissidents. 40 other agents were charged by the Department of Justice for conducting a harassment campaign against Chinese people living in New York.
The CCP claims that stations set up in Asia and Africa are with the explicit approval of the host country.