Canadian Officials Respond to Unofficial Chinese Police Department Report in Toronto

An investigation into allegations that communist China is running an unofficial overseas police station in Canada is underway, officials say.

testimony in parliament Central Committee On Sept. 4, Weldon Epp, director general of Canada’s Global Affairs North Asia and Oceania division, said that if the allegations were proven to be true, China’s activities could serve as a “legitimate liaison between police forces” between the two countries. outside the scope of the And Ottawa will make a “serious statement” to Beijing.

“The alleged activities are completely illegal, completely inappropriate and will be subject to very serious representations and diplomatic follow-up,” Epp said.

Reports of China’s expanding ‘overseas police service stations’ come to public attention after Spain-based human rights NGO protect the defenders last month published a research report titled110 Overseas: China’s cross-border police activities run amok.

At the time of publication, the report identified 54 Chinese overseas police stations in 30 countries, including three in Toronto. All police stations are under the jurisdiction of two local-level police agencies in China, the Fuzhou Public Security Bureau in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, and Qingtian County Police in Zhejiang Province, according to the report.

Peter Dahlin, founder and director of Safeguard Defenders and co-author of the report, told the Epoch Times that in addition to Toronto’s three stations (two in Markham and one in Scarborough): increase. Chinese state media— It is possible that other unofficial Chinese police stations exist or have been set up in Canada, though they have not yet been discovered.

According to Darling, during the investigation his team news release The document, issued by Beijing on July 5, 2018, said 10 other provinces should start piloting similar activities.

Epp, who served as the Canadian Consulate General in Shanghai from 2015 to 2019, noted that there is no bilateral treaty with China that allows Chinese police to stay in Canada and to open police stations in Canada. confirmed.

“violation of our sovereignty”

During the interrogation, Conservative MP and diplomatic commentator Michael Chong asked Epp whether Global Affairs had made any representations to the Chinese government about the CCP’s alleged establishment of police stations. Canadians even force their return to China. ”

Epp said his department is working with partner agencies to determine “whether the allegations are substantiated.”

“I can say that we are working closely with our partners to understand whether these media reports are factual,” Epp said, adding that the agency regularly raises concerns at senior levels in Ottawa and Beijing. added that it had expressed ” From China.

Epp is a series of report Issued to federal agencies by the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Congressmen. He said evidence from these reports suggested that the largest source of foreign interference in Canada by foreign state actors “comes from China.” [People’s Republic of China] sauce.

Chong also asked whether diplomats accredited to the Chinese embassy and other missions in Canada were involved in the alleged police station, as well as whether the government had three locations announced in Chinese state media reports. I asked if Global Affairs was investigating whether it had sent a representative to check on

“They’re not only illegal, they’re a violation of our sovereignty, a violation of international law, and a violation of the diplomatic norms out there,” Chong said.

“Rather than trying to undermine the line of the question, I would like to emphasize the fact that the role of critical research is important here.

When Conservative MP Raquel Dancho asked who Global Affairs was working with during the investigation, Epp replied that it was not appropriate to discuss the details of the operation on camera.

“The visa should be revoked.”

Glenn Linder, Director of Social and Temporary Immigration at the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC) also testified before the committee, asking whether the IRCC conducted a status check on the suspect’s individual working with the police. was asked by Mr. Chong. station.

“Is an investigation currently underway to determine their immigration status? If these individuals came here from the People’s Republic of China on a false pretext, their visas should be revoked,” Chong said. Told.

“As my colleagues at Global Affairs put it, [we are] We take this issue very seriously and are discussing it with our partners,” Linder replied.

Gene Yip, a liberal legislator representing the constituency of Scarborough-Agencourt, Ontario, stressed the importance of reassurance for Canadians, especially those living in the supposed unofficial police centers of Scarborough and Markham. asked Epp how investigations would be conducted when voters face harassment, intimidation or coercion by an alleged center.

“What can they do? Just go to the local police?” she said.

“We encourage individuals not only to inform Global Affairs, but to ensure that appropriate communication can be made. [the] The Chinese government should report these to the police,” Epp said.

NDP MP Heather McPherson said after working in the international development sector for years that she had yet to find a way to contact Global Affairs herself, suggesting that citizens contact Global Affairs ” It’s no use,’ he said. She asked whether federal departments had any interaction with local police services and whether police were trained to handle such requests.

“Information intelligence sharing is done through the RCMP with local law enforcement, but Global Affairs Canada works very closely with the RCMP, CSIS, and other intelligence agencies,” said Epp. . He added that his department shares information about foreign interference with these partners.

“As for their specific operational training…it’s beyond my expertise in how police respect that information and translate it into something actionable. [training],” He said.

“There is a lot of debate about how to bring the distance between individual Canadians who have gone through this and know how to deal with it,” he added. But what I want to stress is that the police must still be in control of the operation, not enough, but that’s the beginning. [step]”

Asked by Dancho if Global Affairs would make a public announcement if the allegations were found to be true, Epp said he would leave it to the RCMP to make a decision. When asked to provide a timeline, he said he was unable to do so.

“There is nothing to deter them.”

Aileen Calverley, co-founder and director of human rights group Hong Kong Watch, said it was “extremely shocking” to learn that the Chinese government had allegedly set up an unofficial police center.

“They are doing it openly because there is no law, nothing to deter them, nothing to punish them,” Calvary told the commission, and broadcasters oppose the regime. He added that it was meant to intimidate people.

“They can intimidate people like us. I’ve lived in Canada for decades and now I’m terrified,” she said.

Calverley proposed that Canada enact new legislation to ensure that the individuals involved are registered as foreign agents.

In response to Calvary’s testimony, Senator Leo Usakos said: twitter Later that night, he praised her for “speaking out against the communist regime in China.”

“The time has long passed for members of both houses to support my Foreign Agent Registration Act, Bill. #S237It’s time to really address foreign interference and threats on Canadian soil,” he said.

Andrew Chen contributed to this report.

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based reporter for the Epoch Times.