FBI chief says shadowy Chinese police stations in US ‘outrageous’ and he’s ‘very concerned’

FBI chief says shadowy Chinese police stations in US ‘outrageous’ and he’s ‘very concerned’
FBI chief says shadowy Chinese police stations in US ‘outrageous’ and he’s ‘very concerned’
FBI Director Christopher WrayTom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray said he was “very concerned” about Chinese secret police stations in the United States.

  • “We are aware of the existence of these stations,” Wray said during a Senate hearing.

  • Wray said it would be “outrageous” for China to set up such stations without proper coordination.

FBI Director Christopher Wray told US senators on Thursday that he was “very concerned” about reports of secret Chinese police stations in the United States, which he characterized as part of a “ clear model” of Beijing “exporting their repression”.

“There have been reports that the Chinese Communist Party is operating police stations in the United States for the purpose of policing Chinese dissidents,” GOP Sen. Rick Scott of Florida told Wray during the Senate Committee hearing. internal security.

“It seems obvious that the United States should not allow its most important geopolitical rival, an oppressive communist regime, to establish police stations in the United States,” Scott added. “What authority or jurisdiction does the CCP have in the United States?

“I’m very concerned about this,” Wray said in response. “We are aware of the existence of these stations.”

A September report by Safeguard Defenders, a human rights group based in Madrid, Spain, said China had established dozens of “overseas police stations” around the world, including including in New York.

The FBI chief said Thursday it would be “outrageous” for Chinese police to “move in” to New York “without proper coordination”.

“It violates sovereignty and circumvents standard judicial cooperation and law enforcement processes,” Wray added.

The Chinese government has dismissed growing allegations that it has police stations overseas.

But Wray said there have been multiple indictments linked to the Chinese government “engaging in uncoordinated, quote-unquote law enforcement action, right here in the United States, harassing, stalking, surveilling, blackmailing people they just don’t like or who don’t agree with Xi’s regime”.

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“It’s a real problem,” Wray said, pointing out that the United States was not the only country where China was engaged in such activities.

When asked if the FBI knew if China was monitoring American citizens, Wray said China had hired private investigators in the United States to do some of that work. Wray also said, “We’ve had situations where they’ve planted bugs in Americans’ cars.”

The FBI chief said it was important for Chinese Americans and Chinese dissidents to call the FBI and report if they believe they have been targeted by the Chinese government.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who recently won an unprecedented third term, has been decried around the world for his crackdown on dissidents and human rights abuses.

“President Xi’s unprecedented third term bodes ill for human rights in China and around the world,” Yaqiu Wang, senior China researcher at Human Rights Watch, said last month. “As the space for civil society activism shrinks further in China, it is imperative that the international community take consistent action to limit Xi’s abuses.”

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