FBI officials raided a building in New York City’s Chinatown to uncover a secretive Chinese police force accused of collecting intelligence.
These federal law enforcement officials broke through the third floor of a six-story building that was being used as a Chinese outpost to not only gather information but also harass dissidents. In effect, they were conducting police operations without jurisdiction or diplomatic approval from U.S. officials.
This raid by the FBI was conducted in conjunction with the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn and was a part of the U.S. government’s effort to end communist China’s attempts to surveil their citizens and track down dissidents overseas in hopes of forcing them to return to China.
This plan of China worldwide is known as “Operation Fox Hunt.”
China tried to spin the narrative on this raid by suggesting that it was just a group of volunteers who helped people obtain things like a driver’s license.
The New York Times reveals reports from inside China where officials bragged about the effectiveness of the “overseas police service centers,” focusing on collecting intelligence for the Chinese government. Some of those reports have since been deleted from China’s internet.
Chen Yen-ting, a Taiwan-based researcher, said, “The Chinese government wants to have more influence and to extend their transnational policing. It’s a long-arm power to show their own citizens inside China that their government is so strong. We have the power to reach globally, and even if you go out, you’re still under our control.”
The New York Times also interviewed a Chinese dissident in Europe who told them that he was “extremely anxious” about what China was doing with their secret police offices because “there’s nothing we can do about it.”
The FBI is committed to seeking these secret forces out and shutting them down in America.