In a major revelation, Canadian local media reported that China is now opening illegal police stations across the world to promote its vested interests. Citing the reports of local media, Investigative Journalism Reportika, said that the President Xi Jinping-led Beijing government has opened numerous police stations in developed nations too.
Such informal police service stations affiliated with the Public Security Bureau (PSB) across the world have been set up to antagonize China’s adversaries.
Countries like Ukraine, France, Spain, Germany, and the UK have such arrangements for Chinese Police Stations.
In the Global South the presence of these stations are present in Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Nigeria, Tanzania, Lesotho, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Cambodia, Brunei and even Japan.
China is also trying to influence elections in certain countries through these illegal police stations, according to Investigative Journalism Reportika.
Interestingly, Fuzhou is not the only city that extends its footprints beyond the country, but other Chinese cities and provinces also operate their stations beyond their limits.
Human rights campaigners have accused the ruling Communist Party of China of committing widespread abuses across the country in the name of security, steps which include confining people to internment camps, forcibly separating families and carrying out forced sterilization.
For its part, China has said these facilities are “vocational skills training centres” that are necessary to “counter” extremism and improve livelihoods. Chinese officials said in late 2019 that most “trainees” had “graduated” from the centres.
Furthermore, these stations are controlling the activities of the Overseas Chinese Diaspora and espionage cases have also been reported.