Japan also investigates presence of Chinese secret police stations Code List

A Chinese policeman prevents a journalist from taking photos in Beijing (Reuters)

the government of Japan He pointed out this Thursday that he is doing research The possible presence in its territory of the alleged clandestine police stations of Chinawhose existence has been denounced by the Spanish NGO Safeguard Defenders.

The Japanese authorities arecollect and analyze information”, according to what the spokesman for the executive, Hirokazu Matsuno, said at a press conference, when asked by the media on the subject.

“For now, it is extremely important for Japan to show its clear position to China that It would be unacceptable for there to be activities that violate our sovereigntyMatsuno said, adding that Japan will “take all necessary measures while the situation is clarified.”

“We will take all necessary measures to clarify the situation,” he added.

Since Safeguard Defenders first announced in September the existence of 54 of these so-called “110 police stations” (baptized like this by the NGO according to the telephone number to call the police in China) in several countries, the group has denounced that there are an additional 48, some of which would be in Japan.

These police stations are supposedly intended to carry out a tracking Chinese residents in at least 53 countries and sometimes to try to repatriate some of them, according to the aforementioned NGO.

Policemen stand guard in the old city of Kashgar, in the Xinjiang region (Reuters)
Policemen stand guard in the old city of Kashgar, in the Xinjiang region (Reuters)

Safeguard Defenders assures that through these police stations the Beijing authorities have helped to “persuade” some 230,000 Chinese citizens abroad, many accused of fraud, to return to their countries of origin.

The Chinese government has categorically denied the accusations of the Safeguard Defenders, assuring that these offices have been established to expedite all kinds of bureaucratic procedures for its citizens abroad, especially due to the delays that the pandemic has caused in the public administration.

“China has always adhered to the principle of not interfering in the internal affairs of foreign countries, has strictly complied with international law, and respected each country’s judicial sovereignty,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said on Thursday. “The so-called overseas Chinese police stations simply don’t exist.”

Safeguard Defenders claimed in a September report that police in the Chinese city of Fuzhou had set up a “service station” in Tokyo. The group said in a follow-up report that police in the Chinese city of Nantong had another similar station somewhere in Japan.

South Korean authorities are investigating alleged similar activities in that country, according to a news agency report. yonhap.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul declined to comment directly on the report, but added: “We are communicating with the related countries to ensure that the activities of foreign agencies in our country comply with our national laws and international standards. ”

Chinese station operating in Hungary without local government knowledge (AP)
Chinese station operating in Hungary without local government knowledge (AP)

In Latin Americatwo stations stand out in Ecuador, one in Quito, the capital of the country and the other in Guayaquil. Meanwhile in Chili One of these offices is registered in the coastal city of Viña del Mar, very close to the capital, Santiago.

In the case of the Atlantic side of the southern cone, there are three other stations, two in Brazillocated in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, while in the capital ArgentinaBuenos Aires, there is also the presence of one of these Chinese police stations.

(With information from EFE and Reuters)

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