Chinese ‘policing stations’ in Toronto under investigation, RCMP say

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OTTAWA — The RCMP said Tuesday they are investigating reports of Chinese “police service stations” operating in the Greater Toronto Area for possible interference with Canadian interests and threats to national security.

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Canada joins countries such as the United States and the Netherlands in launching such investigations after Safeguard Defenders, a human rights organization based in Europe, published a report in September revealing the presence of dozens of Chinese police “service stations” in major cities around the world.

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The stations are an extension of Beijing’s efforts to pressure some Chinese nationals or their relatives overseas to return to China to face criminal charges, according to the Safeguard Defenders report.

He also linked them to the activities of the Chinese United Front Work Department, an organ of the Communist Party responsible for spreading its influence and propaganda overseas. China has denied the allegations.

“Our goal is to prevent intimidation, threats and harassment and any form of harm initiated on behalf of a foreign entity from being applied to any community in Canada,” the RCMP said in a statement. communicated. The Greater Toronto Area is home to Toronto, Canada’s financial capital and most populous city.

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The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

He has previously said that there are centers outside of China run by local volunteers, not Chinese police, that aim to help Chinese citizens renew their documents and provide other services that have been discontinued in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While tensions between China and Canada have been high for years, diplomatic tension was recently thrown into the spotlight when Chinese President Xi Jinping openly denounced the leaking of a conversation he had with the Prime Minister. Canadian Minister Justin Trudeau.

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