Authorities in the United States have arrested two men on charges of setting up a secret Chinese “security center” in New York aimed at monitoring and pressuring opponents of Beijing. Thirty-four people residing in China working for the government have also been charged with participating in a campaign of harassment of opponents of China living in the United States.
US authorities announced Monday that they had arrested two men on charges of setting up a secret Chinese “security center” in New York, and charged 34 Chinese government employees with participating in a campaign to monitor and harass opponents of Beijing residing in the US. United State.
Brooklyn federal prosecutor Brion Pace said the arrests and charges were based on “transnational repression schemes targeting members of the Chinese diaspora community in New York City and elsewhere in the United States.”
He explained during a press conference that the two men who were arrested are being pursued as part of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation “FBI” regarding the establishment of a secret Chinese “police station” in New York.
He explained that this center aims to monitor opponents of Beijing and put pressure on them.
Other Western countries have already confirmed their discovery of such secret Chinese security centers on their soil.
The Attorney General pointed out that, as part of a separate investigation, the US judiciary brought charges against 34 “employees of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security” for their participation in a “cell” accused of harassing “Chinese activists for democracy” and “dissidents” residing outside China. Especially here in New York.”
He explained that all 34 defendants “reside in China.”
In a third investigation, the US judiciary charged 10 other suspects, including “8 Chinese government employees” and “a former official of an American telecommunications company who was working in China”, with charges of online harassment and revealing the identities of opponents of Beijing.
According to US media, the company mentioned in this investigation is “Zoom”.