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NY exceeds other states in 2020 population dip, risks losing U.S. House seat

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New York State lost more residents than any other U.S. state in 2020, estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday reveal, The New York Post reports.

Between July 2019 and July 2020, 126,355 people ditched the state, representing a 0.65% decrease, the preliminary statistics demonstrate.

On top of that, this data crowns the Empire State as the U.S. state that experienced the largest decline in population during the aforementioned one-year period. Comparatively, Illinois came in second place with a 0.63% loss, followed by Hawaii with 0.61%, and then West Virginia with 0.58%.

Since 2016, New York has been losing its residents, but the latest population drop was dramatically larger than it had been in previous years.

While these estimates are based on the 2010 Census, the official 2020 Census results will be published in 2021, alongside an updated legislative map for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The once-a-decade national population survey, which is mandated by the Constitution, decides how the 435 seats in the House are distributed among the 50 states relative to how their population numbers changed during the 10-year period.

If New York maintains enough of its population numbers relative to those in other states, the state could lose one seat, dropping its total to 26. This is according to an analysis by William Frey, chief demographer for the Brookings Institution, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Such a scenario would result in New York having less seats than Florida for the first time in U.S. history, according to the report.

Want more details on this story? Read the full original report from The New York Post here.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world

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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.

Conclusion

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.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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