China Opens Police Stations In US And Canada To Monitor Chinese Citizens

China has launched an initiative, opening overseas police stations to monitor Chinese citizens living abroad.

The police stations are mostly in Europe, but there are already four active Chinese police stations in North America also. New York City is home to one, while the other three stations are in Canada.

China operates a total of 54 of these police stations in 30 countries around the world.

The Chinese police stations are reportedly used to monitor its citizens living abroad for violating fraud laws. When they identify crimes of fraud, they convince the person to return to their home country of China to face prosecution. An estimated 230,000 Chinese nationals have returned to China through the efforts of the Chinese police stations abroad.

Critics of the Chinese police stations say that their tactics violate international law.

“These operations eschew official bilateral police and judicial cooperation and violate the international rule of law, and may violate the territorial integrity in third countries involved in setting up a parallel policing mechanism using illegal methods,” said Safeguard Defenders in a recent report.

The report is published as, “110 Overseas: Chinese Transnational Policing Gone Wild.”

The report describes the potential for harassment and intimidation during investigations conducted by the Chinese police abroad.

“As these operations continue to develop, and new mechanisms are set up, it is evident that countries governed by the standards set by universal human rights and the rule of law urgently need to investigate these practices to identify the (local) actors at work, mitigate the risks and effectively protect the growing number of those targeted,” the report states.

For its part, China describes the stations as a valuable resource for its citizens abroad, and a valuable tool in combating “the growing issue of fraud and telecommunication fraud by Chinese nationals living abroad.”