White Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) of hypocrisy for reportedly having a relationship with a suspected Chinese spy when he had been a proponent of the Russia collusion probe. She also accused the media of underreporting this story as well as the ongoing story about the federal investigation Hunter Biden‘s taxes.
At a Tuesday press briefing, McEnany was discussing the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran and saying that the four peace deals the United States has negotiated between Israel and predominantly Muslim countries did not get much media coverage. She added, “but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised because in the last 24, 48 hours, there have been quite a few stories that have not gotten a ton of coverage in the mainstream media.”
After which, the press secretary described the details of the original Axios report that broke the story about Swalwell, praising the outlet’s reporting.
She then turned her attention to Swalwell, accusing the Democratic congressman of hypocrisy for getting close to a suspected Chinese spy named Christine Fang when he had falsely accused President Donald Trump of collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
“Swalwell hypocritically went on to be one of the lead instigators of the Russia collusion hoax and the impeachment sham,” McEnany said.
She then pulled various quotes of Swalwell, where he falsely accused Trump and his allies of collusion with Russia and having a wide range of ties to the country.
After these quotes, McEnany said, “these baseless attacks were false yet covered breathlessly by the media. There was no coverage, however, of Swalwell being the one implicated with not Russia, but China. In fact, The New York Times website, as of this morning had not one result for Eric Swalwell’s ties to Chinese spies, not one result.”
Furthermore, she claimed that on the day the Swalwell story broke, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CBS had “zero” coverage of the story.
CNN, she said, “devoted three minutes and 16 seconds to it.”
Additionally, McEnany went on to compare various outlets’ headlines about Hunter Biden before and after the November 3 election to suggest that these outlets were favorable to then-candidate Joe Biden prior to the election but started to report on Hunter Biden after, which she called an “interesting turn of events”.
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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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