When it comes to the world at large, no country exerts more of their own, personal influence on the planet than China, and the ways in which they peddle their culture on the rest of us is getting a little scary.
First and foremost, Beijing has been using their enormous economic power to bully content creators and artists to censor or adjust their work, lest they wish to miss out on marketing opportunities in the far east.
Now, even more concerning, are reports of Chinese “police stations” popping up in cities across the US.
The United States is deeply concerned about the Chinese government setting up unauthorized ‘police stations’ in U.S. cities to possibly pursue influence operations, FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Thursday.
Safeguard Defenders, a Europe-based human rights organization, published a report in September revealing the presence of dozens of Chinese police “service stations” in major cities around the world, including New York.
Republicans in Congress have requested answers from the Biden administration about their influence.
The report said the stations were an extension of Beijing’s efforts to pressure some Chinese nationals or their relatives abroad to return to China to face criminal charges. It also linked them to activities of China’s United Front Work Department, a Communist Party body charged with spreading its influence and propaganda overseas.
Wray was ready to sound the alarm.
“I’m very concerned about this. We are aware of the existence of these stations,” Wray told a U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, acknowledging but declining to detail the FBI’s investigative work on the issue.
“But to me, it is outrageous to think that the Chinese police would attempt to set up shop, you know, in New York, let’s say, without proper coordination. It violates sovereignty and circumvents standard judicial and law enforcement cooperation processes.”
US President Joe Biden has been routinely criticized for his own personal and financial ties to China, and seeing the brazen way in which Beijing in operating in the US, one has to wonder how tough Sleepy Joe is going to be about it.