(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- The State Department confirmed last Monday that the America Changle Association, which reportedly housed a police station linked to Chinese intelligence in New York City has closed down for unknown reasons, the National Review reported.
In January, the New York Times reported that the FBI raided the America Changle Association located in Chinatown last fall and seized evidence.
According to the human rights group Safeguard Defenders, the Changle Assocation’s police station was part of an international Chinese police unit headquartered in Fujian province that specializes in extradition operations.
Other locations of Chinese police outposts match the addresses of private businesses like Chinese restaurants and commercial associations, according to the New York Times.
The Chinese embassy in Washington claims that these outposts are “provided by local overseas Chinese communities who like to be helpful,” the Times reported. At least four Chinese local communities, Fuzhou, Quingtian, Nantong, and Wenzhou have set up dozens of stations in Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and other nations, according to the Times. The outpost located at the America Changle Association was set up by Fuzhou.
In an emailed statement to The Epoch Times last week, a State Department spokesperson said the FBI confirmed that the “overseas police station” in New York City has closed.
The spokesperson said the State Department continues to be concerned about Beijing’s “transnational repression efforts around the world” and is “coordinating with allies and partners on this issue.
House Select China Committee Chair Mike Gallagher told the Daily Caller that the United States “cannot allow any hostile foreign adversary” to “conduct policing activities without our borders.”
In response to a letter from Republican Congressman Jim Banks, the State Department said in January that it was “considering a range of policy responses” to address the presence of “police service stations” in the United States, saying they “circumvent standard judicial and law enforcement cooperation processes” and affect US sovereignty.