China's reported overseas police service stations and their operations to persuade citizens to return to the homeland mark a dangerous expansion of the regime’s international reach, according to a human rights advocate.
Safeguard Defenders, a pan-Asian human rights organization, published an investigation last month detailing a Chinese campaign to combat "fraud and telecom fraud" crimes committed by its citizens living abroad.The report indicated that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has established at least 54 police stations across 30 different countries, including the U.S. "I think it shows how brazen the CCP is getting and how little regard they have for other governments," Laura Harth, Safeguard Defenders' campaign manager, told Fox News. "It’s in violation of international law, it’s in violation of territorial sovereign." The police stations are mostly located in Western Europe, but four are in North America, including one in New York City, according to the report.They allow Chinese authorities to "carry out policing operations on foreign soil," Hart said.
Through its "110 Overseas" campaign, the Chinese Foreign Ministry of Security has reportedly persuaded over 230,000 overseas Chinese suspects to return to the mainland and face criminal charges. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) "Obviously this shows how unaware, how naive certain governments are, or choose to be at this stage," Harth told Fox News.Read more on foxnews.com