A CONGRESSMAN blew up China for flouting American rules with a “secret police station” that has sprung up in New York City.
Two men in Manhattan have been arrested for allegedly working as agents for the Chinese government to silence US critics.
Prosecutors said Lu Jianwang, 61, and Chen Jinping, 59, both NYC residents, worked together to set up the first outpost on American soil on behalf of China’s police state.
It is believed to be one of around 100 companies operating in more than 53 countries.
The station closed in August 2022 after the two became aware of an ongoing FBI investigation, prosecutors said in court Monday.
“Like the spy balloon, these secret police stations expose the CCP’s (Chinese Communist Party) blatant disregard and disregard for American rules and privacy,” MP Michael McCaul told The US Sun.
“Beijing’s coercive rule has no place in a society devoted to individual liberty and the protection of the law.”
McCaul, who was elected chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in 2023, has worked in counterterrorism and homeland security for years while representing his constituency in Texas.
When news of the so-called police station came to light, he presented the Biden administration with a challenge.
“The Biden administration must root out these encroachments on US sovereignty,” he said in a statement to The US Sun.
China has previously denied allegations that the outposts are overseeing the US, saying they exist to provide civic services like driver’s license renewals, the AP reports.
But prosecutors are trying to prove that the CCP is trying to quash any criticism of the government in a direct attack on freedom.
“The PRC’s efforts to export authoritarian methods of suppressing free speech to the United States pose a threat to American democracy that we will not tolerate,” said David Newman, deputy assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s National Security Division . per CNN.
Beijing has not yet commented on these allegations.
It’s unclear how this will affect growing tensions between China and the US government.
Establishing outposts on foreign soil is common among leading powers, and the FBI has many around the world.
However, the office states that it is not there to monitor political activities and fight terrorism and organized crime.
It comes after US officials canceled a planned trip to Beijing in February after a giant spy balloon flew over sensitive military operations.
And concerns about the Chinese government have risen amid mounting criticism of social media app TikTok.
Last week, Montana became the first state to ban the video-streaming app over fears that China is stealing data from Americans.
A TikTok spokesman hit back that it violated the First Amendment and said the China-based company will work to fight for creators’ rights in the state.