A study by a civil liberties NGO claims that the Chinese dictatorship has installed more illegitimate foreign police stations inside Canada than the ones in Toronto.
In September, Safeguard Defenders, headquartered in Spain, released a study expressing concern about the regime’s “long-arm policing” throughout the globe via the “110 abroad police stations,” an operation was given the name of China’s police emergency phone numbers, 110.
The investigation, titled “110 Foreign: Chinese International Policing Gone Wild,” found 54 Chinese overseas stations in 30 nations, three of which were located in Toronto. The report states that both the Fuzhou Public Security Bureau of Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, as well as the Qingtian Police dept in Zhejiang Province, are responsible for overseeing the respective stations.
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Co-author and Safeguard Defender co-founder Peter Dahlin adds that his group has been contacted by security police or associated government organizations in North America and Europe since the study was released, seeking “to sit down and have a briefing conversation” about Chinese actions abroad.
Dahlin told Real Newscast “So they are obviously aware of that too, at least in certain nations.”
Officially, these stations are meant to better assist Chinese citizens living abroad, but research found that between April 2021 and July 2022, they were used to “persuade” up to 230,000 Chinese citizens living abroad to “voluntarily” return to China to face prosecution procedures.
According to Safeguard Defenders, “persuasion to return” is a fundamental tactic of the Chinese regime’s “involuntary returns” operations like “Operation Fox Hunt” and the bigger “Sky Net” campaign.
It was reported that Chinese citizens living abroad who were suspected of being engaged in telecommunications fraud were among the primary targets of police harassment and intimidation in an effort to coerce their return to China.
According to Dahlin, there are probably more unofficial Chinese police stations either already existing or being established in Canada, but they have yet to be discovered. These include the three stations in Toronto, two in Markham, and one in Scarborough, the locations of which were published in a Chinese state media outlet.
He informed The Epoch Times that the story cited a press release made by the Chinese regime on July 5, 2018, and that “we’ve also seen an [Chinese] official notification that specified that 10 different provinces should conduct these sorts of activities on a trial basis.”
Two such operations have been revealed at this time [in Fujian Province & Zhejiang Province]. We haven’t been able to confirm whether or not any of the other eight participating provinces really have their own stations. To reiterate, “we believe and we have solid cause to expect that there will be more [overseas Chinese police stations].”
This announcement pertains to the “Work Plan for the Monitoring of the National Special Struggle Against Gang Crimes” issued by the Chinese State Council in 2018. A January 2019 report from a Chinese official media outlet said that Beijing had held the first round of training in 10 provinces throughout China from July to September 2018. These provinces were Hebei, Shanxi, Liaoning, Fujian, Shandong, Henan, Hubei, Guangdong, Chongqing, & Sichuan.
In April of the same year, another report said that the regime had finished the second round of training for another eleven provinces, including Zhejiang Province, where the Qingtian police department is based.
Dahlin said that it would be “quite unusual” if Vancouver didn’t have at least one police station, given the city’s substantial Chinese expatriate community.