- A report has found two secret Chinese police stations have been set up in Australia in recent years.
- Australia is one of 53 countries listed as having had such a centre established.
- Safeguard Defenders say these stations have been involved in persuading nationals to return to China to face criminal proceedings.
A follow-up report, released on 5 December, includes Australia as one of the countries that Chinese police jurisdictions have set up in.
The new report states the Wenzhou police jurisdiction in China had set up a police service station in Sydney but also that the Nantong police jurisdiction had set up somewhere within Australia, but the location had not been confirmed.
While these stations are understood to be established by individual Chinese counties, those behind the report say there is evidence they are being influenced by the Chinese government’s policies. Source: AAP / Koki Kataoka/AP
Where is China establishing overseas police presences?
The follow-up investigation in December has now identified further police service stations, listing 102 across 53 countries, including nations in Europe, Central and South America, Asia and Africa.
AFP Deputy Commissioner Investigations Reece Kershaw addressed the matter in a Senate Estimates hearing in November when he said he did not believe the Sydney “contact point” was active, without going into further detail on this or any other Chinese police presence within Australia.
What are the fears?
Safeguard Defenders has said while the stations are primarily set up to conduct a series of seemingly administrative tasks to aid overseas Chinese in their community of residence abroad, “they also serve a far more sinister and wholly illegal purpose”.
Ms Xu said supporters of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had attempted to silence criticism by scaring institutions from inviting journalists, researchers or analysts whose views of China did not align with its party line.