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Netherlands accuses China of operating unlicensed police posts

Netherlands accuses China of operating unlicensed police posts

Netherlands accuses China of operating unlicensed police posts

Netherlands accuses China of operating unlicensed police posts

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  • The existence of the unauthorized police outposts is prohibited.
  • It must be stopped by law enforcement agencies within the Netherlands.
  • It is unknown to Chinese embassy.
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At least two unauthorized “police stations” have allegedly been set up by the Chinese government in the Netherlands.

The “overseas service stations,” which claim to offer diplomatic services, have been used to try to stifle Chinese dissidents in Europe, according to information uncovered by Dutch media.

The existence of the unauthorized police outposts, according to a representative for the Dutch foreign ministry, is prohibited.

According to the Chinese embassy, they are unknown to them.

A report by the Spanish-based NGO Safeguard Defenders, titled Chinese Transnational Policing Gone Wild, served as the catalyst for the research.

The organization claimed that 54 “overseas police service centers” had been built across five continents and 21 countries by the public security departments of two Chinese provinces. The majority of them are in Europe, with four in Italy and nine in Spain. It discovered two in London and one in Glasgow in the UK.

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The groups were supposedly established to combat international crime and carry out administrative tasks, such renewing Chinese driver’s licenses.

However, according to Safeguard Defenders, in actuality they engage in “persuasion operations,” which have the goal of pressuring people who are thought to be speaking out against the Chinese government to go back home.

Wang Jingyu, a Chinese dissident who claimed to be being hunted by Chinese authorities in the Netherlands, was the subject of a report that was shared by RTL News and the investigative journalism website Follow the Money.

Wang told Dutch journalists in English that he had received a call early this year from a person purporting to be from one such station.

He claimed that throughout the meeting, he was persuaded to go back to China to “resolve my issues also to reflect on my parents.”

Since then, he has detailed a deliberate campaign of intimidation and harassment that he says is being carried out by agents of the Chinese government.

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The Chinese embassy informed RTL News in response to the disclosures that it was unaware of the existence of such police stations.

Their presence in the Netherlands is prohibited, according to a representative for the Dutch foreign ministry, who also pledged to “examine what they are doing here and take appropriate measures.”

An embassy or consulate typically handles services including passport renewals and visa requests. In these places, the Vienna Convention, to which both the Netherlands and China are parties, governs diplomatic practices.

By avoiding national jurisdictions and the protections provided by local law, policing outposts like those China is accused of operating could violate the host nation’s territorial integrity.

China’s policing strategies, according to Safeguard Defenders, are “problematic,” as they target people without conclusively demonstrating links to crime or abiding by due process in host nations.

According to the organization, this is generally accomplished through coercing or threatening the family members of accused fugitives in an effort to “persuade” them to come home.

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China’s national Anti-Telecom and Online Fraud Law, which asserts extraterritorial jurisdiction over all Chinese nationals worldwide who are accused of committing various kinds of fraud, was adopted on September 2.

Theoretically, the new legislation and Chinese police forces stationed abroad provide dissidents nowhere to run.

The Dutch government is under increasing pressure to ensure that Dutch law predominates in the country and that any Chinese government dissidents who are granted shelter can be protected.

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