There are likely three or more unofficial Chinese police stations in Canada, report co-author says


The Chinese government has likely established more unofficial overseas police stations in Canada than the three Toronto police stations identified in the human rights NGO’s report, co-authors of the report said.

Spain-based Safeguard Defenders published a report in September that said the regime had “extended Warned that you are doing distance police.

reportThe paper, entitled “110 Overseas: China’s Cross-Border Policing Runs Wild,” identified 54 Chinese overseas police stations in 30 countries, including three in Toronto. The police stations are all under the jurisdiction of his two local-level police agencies in China, the Fuzhou Public Security Bureau in Fuzhou, Fujian and Qingtian County Police in Zhejiang, the report said.

Peter Dahlin, founder and director of Safeguard Defender and co-author of the report, said his organization was approached by North American and European security forces or related government agencies after the release of his organization’s findings. , held a “sit down and briefing session on China’s overseas business”.

“So, at least in some countries, they’re certainly aware of it.”

Other places

Chinese officials say these police stations were created to better serve overseas citizens, but reports indicate that these police stations will be closed between April 2021 and April 2021. has been used to “persuade” them to return to China “voluntarily” to face criminal charges. July 2022.

According to Safeguard Defenders, “persuasion to return” is a key method of the Chinese regime’s “involuntary return” operations, which include “Operation Fox Hunt” and the broader “Skynet” campaign. . Many of the targets to persuade them to return were overseas Chinese who were allegedly involved in wire fraud, but the report found that many suspects and their families in China were also targets of police harassment and intimidation. It is said that

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A map of the 30 countries where the Chinese police have set up 54 known “110 Chinese overseas police stations”. (Courtesy of Safeguard Defenders)

According to Darling, in addition to Toronto’s three stations (two in Markham and one in Scarborough), the location is 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.

“We also [Chinese] A government memorandum stating that 10 different states should begin piloting this type of operation,” he told the Epoch Times, pointing to a July 5, 2018 citation in the report, saying: news release Issued by the Chinese government.

“So two of these manipulations became apparent. [in Fujian Province and Zhejiang Province]There may be eight more states doing this that may have their own stations, but we haven’t been able to track that information yet.That’s why we keep saying…we believe and have good reason to think there’s more [overseas Chinese police stations]”

This news release relates to the 2018 “Work Plan for Supervision of the National Special Struggle Against Gang Crime” of the State Council of China.Chinese state media report In January 2019, from July to September 2018, Beijing became one of the 10 provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, Liaoning, Fujian, Shandong, Henan, Hubei, Guangdong, Chongqing and Sichuan. Conducted the first round of monthly supervisory training.

another report That year, in April 2019, the Chinese government said it had completed a second round of drills in another 11 provinces, including Zhejiang, where the Qingtian police station is located.

Given Vancouver’s large Chinese diaspora population, Darling said it would be “very strange” if the city didn’t have at least one 110 police station.

“Repression beyond borders”

Safeguard Defenders said its September report was part of an ongoing monitoring of China’s growing global cross-border repression.According to Darling, the report was made after another report By his organization, entitled “Involuntary Returns — Report Exposes Long-Distance Security Abroad.”

An earlier report, published in January 2022, claimed in December 2021 that the Chinese government claimed that Operation Skynet, together with its partner Operation Fox Hunt, had killed about 10,000 people from around the world since 2014. It focused on claims of success in bringing “fugitives” back to China. Fox Hunt was launched as part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign.

These operations target what Darling described as “high-value targets.” The Safeguard Defenders report officially says Sky Net targets only economic criminals and officials accused of crimes such as corruption and bribery, but Dahlin said Sky Net It turns out that it also targets human rights defenders. Darling said operations against high-value targets are run by China’s central police, but those involved in low-level crimes such as fraud are considered low-value targets and are targeted by local governments. He is being pursued by Chinese police.

“The most common way to do this is to persuade them to ‘voluntarily’ return. And there have been many cases [Beijing] Dispatched agents (Chinese police officers, undercover agents) to target countries. There are many people in the United States who have been prosecuted for this,” he said.

A third method, according to Darling, is kidnapping. He pointed out that his organization identified 22 of his kidnappings.

Although his organization has not found any cases of kidnappings directly in Canada, Darling said the Chinese government is “performing many more kidnappings” in Canada and the United States. [of] Send spies to intimidate people and carry out that kind of operation. “

When asked about the seriousness of China’s overseas operations, Darling said the impact on Canada was “certainly worse than in Europe.”

“There is a very important Chinese diaspora community in Canada, much larger than all of Europe combined, so there are certainly more people at risk in Canada,” he said. , the United States and Australia are the “big three” destinations when it comes to Chinese asylum seekers and relocations.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a reporter for the Epoch Times based in Toronto.