In the piece titled “China Is National Security Threat No. 1,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe writes that combatting China’s growing global influence will be the most important fight over the next few decades, stating that resisting “Beijing’s attempt to reshape and dominate the world is the challenge of our generation”.
Ratcliffe was appointed to his position back in the spring by Trump after five years of serving as a Republican congressman from Texas.
“As Director of National Intelligence, I am entrusted with access to more intelligence than any member of the U.S. government other than the president. I oversee the intelligence agencies, and my office produces the President’s Daily Brief detailing the threats facing the country,” Ratcliffe writes in his opening paragraph.
“If I could communicate one thing to the American people from this unique vantage point,” the top intel chief added, “it is that the People’s Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom world-wide since World War II.”
“The intelligence is clear: Beijing intends to dominate the U.S. and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically,” he continues.
Furthermore, Ratcliffe goes on to say that China is seeking to spy on the United States and companies to further its own economy as part of an attempt to “rob, replicate and replace” U.S. businesses. Additionally, he says that China’s authoritarian government robs U.S. companies of their intellectual property, copies the technology, and then replaces U.S. entities in the international marketplace.
Ratcliffe made some other statements and claims about the Chinese government in the rest of the opinion piece, to summarize.
At one point, he accused Beijing of stealing U.S. defense technology to “fuel” President Xi Jinping’s aggressive plan to make the People’s Liberation Army “the world’s foremost military power.”
Ratcliffe, citing U.S. intelligence, also said that China has conducted human testing on members of its military “in hope of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities,” but he did not expand upon this charge further.
Ratcliffe’s opinion piece is the latest of public statements from members of the Trump administration criticizing China in a variety of subject areas before President-elect Joe Biden becomes president in January, perhaps in order to solidify President Trump’s still-forming legacy as a president who stood up to China. In his Journal piece, Ratcliffe did not mention Biden, it should be noted.
During the presidential transition, experts have been predicting for the most part that Biden isn’t going to perform a complete 180-degree policy reversal from Trump when it comes to China, with many stating that the president-elect doesn’t appear too eager to pull back current U.S. sanctions, perhaps as a bargaining chip in dealing with China.
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Key findings of the report are below.
“Persuaded to return”
According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.
Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.
The Nine Forbidden Countries
China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.
According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.
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