An illegal secret Chinese Police Station run by the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) in New York has been closed following the raid by the FBI.
The Epoch Times quoted a U.S. State Department official as having confirmed the operation and the station’s closure.
“The FBI has confirmed that the ‘overseas police station’ in New York linked to Fuzhou has closed,” a State Dept. official confirmed in an email. “We continue to be concerned about PRC [People’s Republic of China] transnational repression efforts around the world and are also coordinating with allies and partners on this issue.”
America ChangLe Association, which operated in Manhattan, New York was raided by the FBI last fall. The organization’s leader, Lu Jianshun, aka Jimmy Lu, was questioned about a suspected office on the third floor, News 18 reported.
The Daily Mail reported that a Chinese outpost was located on the third floor of the building that also held an engineering firm, an acupuncturist, and an accounting firm.
The third floor was a secret Chinese police station staffed by “illegal cops” who monitored Chinese people who went against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the US.
In an email to Epoch Times, the FBI has confirmed that the covert police station has been closed.
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Chinese authorities maintain that the facilities, which operate in 53 nations, assist Chinese immigrants in foreign nations with tasks that would normally be handled by a consulate, such as renewing driver’s licenses and visas.
However, the stations have been linked to the CCP’s United Front Work Department, an agency that works to advance the regime’s interests abroad by spreading propaganda, conducting foreign influence operations, suppressing dissident movements, gathering intelligence, and facilitating the transfer of technology to communist China.
As such, many nations have voiced concern that the facilities are a threat to national security and a violation of sovereignty.
Irish, Canadian, and Dutch officials have called for China to shut down similar police operations in their countries. Likewise, FBI Director Christopher Wray has characterized them as a violation of U.S. sovereignty.
The facility, and more than 100 others like it, form a network of covert facilities from which experts believe that the CCP is conducting a campaign of transnational repression.