Australian authorities remain unconcerned about Beijing’s overseas police stations on the country’s soil, while the United States and Canada are taking action.
In late 2022, two Chinese police stations identified in Australia by the international human rights group Safeguard Defenders drew wide public concern.
The stations, under the name of “service centres,” are among 102 Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-operated illegal police outputs in 53 countries that have been publicized by the Spain-based human rights NGO.
While these stations are said to serve administrative purposes such as extending Chinese driver’s licenses and processing official documents, they also have a “more sinister goal” of “collaborating with Chinese police in carrying out policing operations on foreign soil,” according to the report.
They can also be used by the communist regime to “harass, threaten, intimidate, and force targets to return to China for persecution.”
From April 2021 to July 2022, an estimated 230,000 overseas Chinese nationals have been “persuaded to return” to China to face criminal charges.
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