During an episode of “The Sara Carter Show” Thursday, host Sara A. Carter recalled a conversation she had with Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Andy Chan Ho-Tin in Seoul, South Korea last year. Beijing recently passed its national security law, seizing on what remained of Hong Kong’s autonomy, which has been central to Chan’s fight.
“I want you to think about what’s happening in the United States of America,” Carter explained to listeners. “Now, Andy Chan is young. When I did this interview with him, he was 29 years old.”
She recanted how Chan ” founded the Hong Kong National Party. He believes in the independence of Hong Kong and the freedom for his people. And you all saw that on the news, young people stepping out into the streets, waving flags, even American flags because they believe in what this nation was founded on: Freedom.”
She stressed that while some radical liberal “people, some people like representative Ilhan Omar” and others want to “fundamentally change this nation from freedom and liberty and a bastion of hope.”
“Built on yes, not perfection, but with the founding fathers what (Chan) was saying, is what Thomas Jefferson said, that is fundamentally true, that all people are created equal. It is the reason why, thank God, slavery ended in this country under Abraham Lincoln.”
Chan and those fighting alongside him in Hong Kong have great admiration for the American way of life and want Hong Kong to emulate those basic fundamental values that honor the liberty of all individuals, she said.
It’s something young people in the U.S. are taking for granted, she added, stating that unfortunately, we’ve seen the radical left take take advantage of the horrible tragedy of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, Carter explained.
“It is the reason why we fight for civil rights and equitable solutions for all people,” said Carter. “It’s the reason why we have, a beautiful transition of power.”
” It’s the reason why our soldiers, men like my husband, who went overseas to fight terrorists did so to protect our national security in our country. It’s the reason why we have intelligence officials, FBI officials, law enforcement officials protecting our nation,” said Carter.
“There is a reason why we fight for these fundamental beliefs for a Constitution, for our Bill of Rights. And now so many young people want to throw that away. While people like Andy Chan and young people in Hong Kong and in China and in other parts of the world are fighting to just be able to just speak, to say they don’t agree with their government, they don’t agree with the rules that are imposed on them,” she added.
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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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