US media is reporting that Republican House members have queried President Biden’s cabinet secretaries on what is described as a branch of the Chinese police opened in New York City. According to the Yahoo News report, the NYC branch is part of a “first batch” of 30 overseas police service stations in 25 cities in 21 countries and are part of China’s United Front Work Department:
October 12, 2022 The reported presence of China’s Fuzhou police in New York City has prompted a group of Republican House lawmakers to seek answers from President Biden’s Cabinet Secretaries. Headed by Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R, IND‑3), Reps. Michael Waltz (R, FL‑6) and Mike Gallagher (R, WI‑8), the group of 21 lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Attorney General Merrick Garland to demand answers on how the Chinese police were able to establish a branch in the U. S. “We are writing to express our grave concern over reports of the law enforcement presence of the People’s Republic of China in New York City,” the letter began. The letter further states, “The Public Security (Police) Bureau of Fuzhou, China, announced in January 2022 that it has opened the ‘first batch’ of 30 overseas police service stations in 25 cities in 21 countries. In the United States, the Fuzhou Police’s overseas service station is hosted at the American Changle Association, an overseas Chinese hometown organization in New York City.” Human rights NGO Safeguard Defenders reported last month that the Chinese government has set up at least 54 police service stations worldwide as part of its United Front Work Department. According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the United Front Work Department operates under the Chinese Communist Party to direct thousands of groups in conducting operations involving foreign political influence, dissident movement suppression, intelligence gathering and technology transfer.
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported earlier this month on a celebration held in a suburb of Vancouver, Canada, to mark the 25th anniversary of the takeover of Hong Hong by the Chinese government. That event was co-hosted by two organizations associated with the United Front Work Department.
The United Front Work Department is a little-known Beijing-based agency with branches around the world that seeks to implement the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) plans to set up and connect an extensive network of associations, business groups, friendship societies, or cultural groups supportive of the CCP and to ensure that its overseas citizens, and others of ethnic Chinese descent, stay loyal. According to a US government report, United Front work promotes Beijing’s preferred global narrative, pressures individuals living in free and open societies to self-censor and avoid discussing issues unfavorable to the CCP, and harass or undermine groups critical of Beijing’s policies. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), an Australian think tank, has published a report examining the Chinese government’s united front system and foreign-facing role.