April 22, 2024

After FBI busts Chinese ‘police station’ in NYC, six more exposed in US

After FBI busts Chinese ‘police station’ in NYC, six more exposed in US

After the FBI arrested “Harry” Lu Jianwang and Chen Jinping, charging them with illegally opening a Chinese government “police station” to spy on Chinese nationals in New York, a human rights groups says there are other stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and US other cities.

The FBI helped shut down a clandestine Chinese “police station” in Manhattan after the arrest of two alleged operatives earlier this week — but The Post is told that there are several more of these illegal organizations scattered across the US.

In addition to the Chinese police station above a noodle restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown, there is another station at an undisclosed address in New York City, as well as an outpost in Los Angeles, according to a new report by Safeguard Defenders.

The Madrid-based human rights group initially published a report last year detailing 100 clandestine Chinese police stations around the world.

In addition to Los Angeles and New York, the nonprofit has found so-called “overseas service stations” in San Francisco and Houston as well as in cities in Nebraska and Minnesota.

These law enforcement organizations, operated by the Chinese Communist Party, are tasked with spying on Chinese nationals around the world.

“We found at least four listed in the US by PRC [People’s Republic of China] public security authorities, plus flagged an additional four overseas Chinese service centers in the US set up by the UFWD networks responsible for manning the stations,” a spokeswoman for Safeguard Defenders told The Post Tuesday.

UFWD is an acronym for United Front Work Department, a Chinese government agency that controls overseas ethnic and religious affairs.

Often, the police stations — whose operatives allegedly spy on dissidents and others — hide behind nonprofits and community associations, according to Safeguard Defenders’ reports.

In Chinatown, the police station was run by the America ChangLe Association NY Inc., which owns the building at 107 East Broadway where the operation was located, The Post revealed in October.

The nonprofit, which listed its charitable mission as a “social gathering place for Fujianese people,” paid $1.3 million in 2016 for the suite of offices that houses the Fuzhou Police Overseas Chinese Affairs bureau at the East Broadway location, filings show.

Last year, the group held its annual gala dinner, featuring New York City Mayor Eric Adams as the guest of honor — an event that was not disclosed on the mayor’s official agenda.

“These latest revelations show Mayor Adams [seen above with Liu at a different event] is failing to fundamentally ensure the people of New York City and the world that their safety and wellbeing are firmly rooted in the laws of the United States of America, not the Communist Party of China,” said the director of one watchdog group.
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On Monday, federal agents arrested “Harry” Lu Jianwang, 61, of the Bronx, and Chen Jinping, 59, of Manhattan for allegedly establishing the East Broadway station, known as the Fuzhou branch of the Ministry of Public Security in China.

The men allegedly shut down the station last year when they became aware of a federal investigation, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

“While acting under the direction and control of an MPS [China’s Ministry of Public Security] Official, Lu and Chen helped open and operate the clandestine police station,” said the DOJ statement. “None of the participants in the scheme informed the US government that they were helping the PRC government surreptitiously open and operate an illegal MPS police station on US soil.”

According to the criminal complaint, Lu also helped track down dissidents who were living in the city. Chinese officials also requested that he participate in demonstrations against Falun Gong, a religious movement subject to crackdown across the globe by the Chinese Communist Party, the complaint said.

“This prosecution reveals the Chinese government’s flagrant violation of our nation’s sovereignty by establishing a secret police station in the middle of New York City,” US Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement. “Such a police station has no place here in New York City — or any American community.”

Lu and Chen also tried to obstruct the DOJ’s investigation by deleting their communications with an official of MPS after finding out about the FBI investigation, federal prosecutors said.186

The criminal complaint against Lu and Chen was unsealed Monday at the same time that 44 other defendants were charged, in two separate complaints in Brooklyn federal court, for various crimes related to illegally acting on behalf of China in the US. 

More than 30 of those charged Monday were members of a Chinese police task force, the 912 Special Working Group, that operated as a “troll farm” out of a security building in Beijing, prosecutors said.

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Alleged Chinese Operative Arrested By FBI For Opening ‘Secret Police Stations’ Attended Ritzy Dem Events in NYC

CCP Operative Lu Jianwang met with Sen Schumer, Mayor Eric Adams & Rep. Grace Meng of New York

Alleged Chinese Operative Arrested By FBI For Opening ‘Secret Police Stations’ Attended Ritzy Dem Events

An alleged CCP operative arrested by the FBI on Monday reportedly hobnobbed with several New York Democrats, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found.

An alleged Chinese Communist Party (CCP) operative arrested by the FBI on Monday was pictured meeting with several prominent New York Democrats at swanky dinners and campaign events, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found.

Lu Jianwang, whom the FBI arrested Monday for conspiring to act as an agent of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is pictured with New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and even attended an apparent fundraiser for New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng, according to multiple Chinese-language news reports and photographic evidence. Lu allegedly operated an overseas police station on behalf of the Chinese government.

The FBI charged Lu with “obstructing justice by destroying evidence of [his] communications with a [Ministry of Public Security] official,” just months after the FBI raided the office of America Changle Association, the nonprofit at which Lu previously served as chairman, sometime in fall 2022. 

Multiple photos taken at events in New York City reveal that Lu Jianwang met with Meng, Adams and Schumer during events in 2022 and 2023.

The DCNF identified Lu Jianwang, who served as America Changle Association’s chairman between 2012 and 2018, by matching his photo found on an archived version of America Changle Association’s website with photos from events with Meng, Adams and Schumer.

On April 24, 2022, Lu took part in a fundraiser held in Flushing, New York, for Rep. Meng’s congressional campaign, according to photos posted on CareerEngine.US, a Chinese-language news website. Campaign finance records confirm that Meng’s campaign committee, Grace for New York, held an event at the Crown One Restaurant that day, and photos of the restaurant match the images on CareerEngine.US.

Lu Jianwang attended the April 2022 fundraiser, according to the report which featured an image of Meng and Lu standing side-by-side.

Additionally, Lu Jianshun, the current America Changle Association chairman, also attended the April 2022 fundraiser, according to the report and an included photo which depicts the non-profit’s chairman seated at a table with several men.

Before the FBI raid, America Changle Association allegedly served as an outpost for an overseas Chinese police station linked to an international Chinese police unit known as 110 Overseas, which is headquartered in China’s Fujian province, according to a report from Safeguard Defenders, a human rights group which first revealed the existence of Beijing’s global police network in September.

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Education secretary repeatedly declines to answer after Republican asks ‘what is a woman’

Biden’s Education Secretary joins Biden’s Supreme Court Nominee in refusing to define what a woman is

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/apr/19/miguel-cardona-repeatedly-declines-answer-after-re/

Democrats keep taking a pass when pressed to define “woman,” and so Republicans keep asking.

The latest instance occurred at a House Appropriations Committee hearing Tuesday, when Education Secretary Miguel Cardona repeatedly skirted questions by Rep. Andrew Clyde, Georgia Republican, who asked, “Can you please define for me: What is a woman?”

“Our focus at the department is to provide equal access to students, including students who are LGBTQ, access free from discrimination,” Mr. Cardona said.

Asked a second time, Mr. Cardona said the question was “almost secondary” to his “important role” heading the Education Department.

Mr. Clyde tried a third time saying: “My question is not secondary. My question is very simple. What does [the Department of Health and Human Services] say the definition of a woman is?”

Said Mr. Cardona: “I lead the Education Department, and my job is to make sure that all students have access to public education, which includes co-curricular activities.”

“I think you highlighted pretty well the importance of Title IX in giving students equal access,” Mr. Cardona added.

Mr. Clyde wrapped it up by saying: “So you’re not going to answer my question.”

Mr. Cardona was no more forthcoming when asked whether it is fair that “a mediocre male athlete can simply identify as a female and go on to dominate women’s sports,” responding that “our focus at the Department of Education is to provide equal access free from discrimination to students.”

The “what is a woman” exchange was reminiscent of last year’s exchange between Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, and then-Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, who replied, “I’m not a biologist.”

Her response became a national punch line. She was ultimately confirmed by the Senate.

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra also took a pass at a House hearing last year, after being quizzed by Rep. Mary Miller, Illinois Republican.

“Congresswoman, I’m looking at you, and I think you’re a woman. How much more do you want me to give you?” Mr. Becerra said.

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