• Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

UK orders China to shut down ‘secret police stations’ on British soil

UK orders China to shut down ‘secret police stations’ on British soil
London: UK government orders China to shut down unofficial police stations operating on British soil, security minister Tom Tugendhat said in Parliament on Tuesday.
The Foreign Office “The Chinese Embassy has been told that any activities related to such ‘police service stations’ in the UK are unacceptable and should not operate in any way,” it said in a written statement.
The embassy responded that all such stations were permanently closed, it added.
Following the human rights group, British police launched an investigation Protect the Guardians Their existence was reported in the UK, Tugendat said.
According to the group, they were officially set up to provide administrative services but were used “to monitor and harass diaspora communities and, in some cases, force people to return to China outside of legal channels,” he added.
Tugendhat said police have visited each location identified by Safeguard Defenders and have yet to find any evidence of illegal activity on behalf of the Chinese state across these sites.
“We assess that police and public scrutiny have had an oppressive influence on any administrative activity these sites may have,” he added.
“However, these ‘police service stations’ were set up without our permission and without their presence,” Tugendhat said.
In April, The Times newspaper reported that Chinese businessman Lin Ruio ran a food delivery business in the London suburb of Croydon that doubled as an undeclared Chinese police station.
Beijing’s embassy in London denied the report and warned against “false allegations” being spread by the media.

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