Centers have “taken 230,000 Chinese citizens, and essentially by holding their family hostage back in China and then showing them on video and audio that they’ve got them, they’re extracting them and pulling them home,” explained Robert Charles.
A former Bush administration assistant secretary of state says it is “unconscionable” that the Biden administration has allowed China to set up what he calls an “intimidation center” in New York pressuring Westernized Chinese nationals residing in the U.S. to return home by “holding their family hostage.”
By failing to “turn those places upside down,” said Robert Charles, former assistant secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, “you’re facilitating the hostage-taking and the extortion and the extraction of these free people. You’re essentially part of the process of targeting innocents.”
In an interview Thursday on the John Solomon Reports podcast, Charles was asked about reports that China’s Ministry of Public Security had installed a “police station” in New York City “aimed at intimidating Chinese residents or Chinese Americans to come back home to repatriate.”
“Around the world” China has “begun to establish these — they call them service centers — but I think it could more aptly be called intimidation centers,” said Charles. “And the sad part here is that they’re essentially trying to both extract people — they’ve taken 230,000 Chinese citizens —and essentially by holding their family hostage back in China and then showing them on video and audio that they’ve got them, they’re extracting them and pulling them home.
“Why? Because these are people who undoubtedly have become more integrated in a positive way and are understanding capitalism, understanding democracy, and are essentially becoming part of the integrated Western understanding of all those things we love — free markets and the freedoms that we find in our Bill of Rights. So they are trying to intimidate them and pull them home.”
Asked why the administration would allow such an extension of Chinese political controls on U.S. soil, Charles said that U.S. acquiescence has made it tacitly complicit in the outrage.
“The double irony here is that not only should China not be doing that, obviously, we should not be complicit in allowing that to happen,” he said. “I mean, when you allow a foreign entity — whether it’s Iran or Russia or China, and in this case it’s China — to hold people captive or to threaten the family of someone and then you essentially don’t PNG, make them persona non grata, have the State Department oust those people, undertake at the state level with state police as well as local sheriffs even or at the federal level with the FBI, you don’t go in and turn those places upside down, then what you’re doing is you’re facilitating the hostage-taking and the extortion and the extraction of these free people. You’re essentially part of the process of targeting innocents.
“And it’s really unconscionable that we should allow any of those entities to exist. And I’m under the impression that New York may not be the only place where China is quietly setting these places up. So we need to protect our own, and we need to protect those people that believe in that ideology — I talked a minute ago of freedom, the idea that the Bill of Rights really matters —and if the Biden administration isn’t going to do it, who’s going to do it?
“I mean, I thought we invested them with the power to do right and good, not to do wrong and get rich.”
Charles said that even with the administration’s belated acknowledgement in the national security strategy it recently sent to Congress that China is an adversary, the Biden team has still failed to reckon with the reality that China is in essence the new Soviet Union — a repressive, militaristic regime that America must recognize as its “knock-down, drag-out ideological adversary.”
The U.S. can’t afford to be passive in the face of China’s growing military, economic and ideological threat, Charles argued.
China is bent on “world domination, and they’re not making a secret of it anymore,” he warned. “They’re gonna lay in a thousand ICBMs between now and 2030, they’re trying to take over essentially everything in the Far East, and it scares the heck out of the Australians and the Japanese and, of course, Taiwan. But we’re sitting back on our haunches as if we’re just going to wait for the next Pearl Harbor. That’s not the way to manage deterrence of war, and it’s not the way Congress should understand the threat before us.
“One of the things I really hope and pray is that Americans will understand the gravity of what’s happening in China, how it affects us every single day — the penetration of our computers, the penetration of our business sector, the penetration of our farmlands, the penetration of our media, the whole nine yards — and understand that this kind of unrestricted warfare is not a joke.”
The FBI and federal prosecutors announced Monday the arrests of two New York residents who allegedly ran an undisclosed Chinese government police station in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood.
Lu Jianwang and Chen Jinping have each been charged with conspiring to act as agents of China’s government, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
Breon Peace, the U.S. attorney for that office, said China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) “has repeatedly and flagrantly violated our nation’s sovereignty, including by opening and operating a police station in the middle of New York City.”
“Two miles from our office, just across the Brooklyn Bridge, this nondescript office building in the heart of bustling Chinatown in Lower Manhattan has a dark secret. Until several months ago, an entire floor of this building hosted an undeclared police station of the Chinese National Police,” Peace said. “Now, just imagine the NYPD opening an undeclared secret police station in Beijing. It would be unthinkable.”
“Here’s what we know happened inside the secret police station in Lower Manhattan. At the very least, the station was providing some government services, like helping Chinese citizens renew their Chinese driver’s licenses,” Peace continued. “But to do even that, the law requires that individuals like the defendants who act as agents of a foreign government give prior notice to the attorney general before setting up shop in New York City. That didn’t happen.”
“More troubling, though, is the fact that the secret police station appears to have had a more sinister use on at least one occasion,” Peace added. “An official with the Chinese National Police directed one of the defendants – a U.S. citizen who worked at the secret police station – to help locate a pro-democracy activist of Chinese descent living in California. In other words, the Chinese national police appear to have been using the station to track a U.S. resident on U.S. soil.”
“The two defendants whose arrests we’re announcing today destroyed evidence of their communications with the Chinese national police when they learned of the FBI’s investigation,” Peace said. “These two defendants knew they had something to hide, and they obstructed justice in an attempt to prevent the FBI from learning the full extent of what they were up to.”
…….Michael Driscoll, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said, “Not only was the police station set up on the order of MPS officials, but members of the Chinese consulate in New York even paid a visit to it after it opened.”
Peace said that “before helping to open the police station in early 2022, Lu Jianwang had a longstanding relationship of trust with [Chinese] law enforcement, including the MPS.”
“In 2018, Lu was enlisted in efforts to cause a purported Chinese fugitive to return to China,” Peace continued. “The victim of that effort reported that he was repeatedly harassed to return to China. That victim received threats of violence against his family in the United States, and MPS officers harassed a victim’s family in China.”
How the fuck did these CCP operatives get into this country and set up extortion centers on behalf of Beijing?
This is a brazen violation of our sovereignty and national security. We shouldn’t be too surprised since this is the same regime that allows millions of illegal aliens to invade across our borders.
The ChiComs know that Biden and his military hierarchy are impotent pussies.
This is just another sign of Chinese aggression that will go unpunished. Besides, Beijing is the Biden Family’s financial benefactor.
Biden is a ChiCom tool so they figured it would be easy. They were right.