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China’s Illegal Policing Beyond Its Borders

China’s illegal network of transcontinental police stations is a blatant violation of international laws. The covert police operation is flouting human rights in its efforts to “persuade” Chinese nationals to return home.

Two paramilitary police officers secure an area along a street during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 25, 2019. Photo ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images

It is well known that China does not tolerate criticism – especially from its citizens. Freedom on the mainland is limited, and scrutiny is rampant. Activists and dissents have often left the country to avoid incarceration, fines, and other punishments. But, the Chinese administration is unwilling to forgive or forget those who oppose their dogma and voice their protests, even if they have left the country.

Beijing's law enforcement hands now stretch far beyond its borders. And those familiar with Chinese modus operandi would undoubtedly not assume that the Chinese are working with Interpol and other international governmental law enforcement agencies to bring back the critics and detractors.

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