New York, Chinese secret police station discovered: two arrested

The FBI has arrested two people, Lu Jianwang and Chen Jinping, in New York, accusing them of running an undeclared Chinese secret police station in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood. Beijing’s Ministry of Public Security “has repeatedly violated our national sovereignty even by opening and operating a police station in the middle of New York,” said Breon Peace, the Big Apple’s Eastern District attorney according to US media reports. The two were accused of conspiring to act as agents of the Chinese government.

The prosecutor: “Chinese agents have not declared themselves”

“Until a few months ago, the entire floor” of a building in New York City “housed an undeclared station of the Chinese Nation Police. Now imagine if the New York Police Department opened a secret station in Beijing. It would be unimaginable,” he said. added the prosecutor, underlining that the station also provided some government services, for example “helping Chinese citizens renew their licenses. To do this, the law requires that one identify oneself as an agent of a foreign government. But this did not happen”.

The two arrested destroyed the evidence

The prosecutor then specified that the police station also had other uses on several occasions, such as locating “a pro-democracy activist of Chinese descent who lives in California. In other words, the Chinese police used the station to track down an American resident on American soil”. The two arrested, Peace noted, “destroyed evidence of their communications with the Chinese police when they learned of the FBI investigation.”