The Dutch international ministry is “investigating” experiences that China has arrange two purportedly unlawful police stations within the Netherlands.
“We are investigating the activities of these so-called police centers,” Ministry for Overseas Affairs spokesperson Maxine Hovenkamp stated in a press release to CNN Thursday.
Hovenkamp added that the ministry was not “informed about these centers via diplomatic channels.”
China has denied that the facilities conduct police operations.
Dutch broadcaster, RTL Nieuws and Dutch investigative journalism outlet Observe the Cash printed a report on Tuesday claiming that China has opened at the very least two police stations within the Netherlands since 2018. The 2 stations are positioned in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
The stations function underneath the facade of “overseas service stations” the place Chinese language nationals can renew their driving licenses and report adjustments of their civil standing, in keeping with RTL Nieuws and Observe the Cash.
In accordance with RTL Nieuws and Observe the Cash, the Dutch authorities was by no means knowledgeable concerning the presence of those stations.
Their investigation discovered “strong indications” that the branches are getting used to position strain on Chinese language dissidents within the Netherlands. One younger Chinese language dissident, Wang Jingyu who has been pursued by Chinese language authorities for criticizing the regime on social media, instructed journalists that he acquired a name from somebody who claimed to be from the Chinese language police station in Rotterdam.
“He asked me to go back to China to solve my problems. He also told me to think about my parents,” Wenbin stated.
Throughout a Chinese language Ministry of Overseas Affairs briefing on Wednesday, spokesperson Wang Wenbin was requested to verify if China had any police operations within the Netherlands and if he had any response to the RTL Nieuws and Observe the Cash reporting.
Responding to those questions, Wenbin stated the allegations within the report had been “completely untrue” and the alleged police stations are “in fact Chinese service centers.”
“The purpose of the service centers is to help overseas Chinese nationals in need access the platform to have their driving licenses renewed and receive physical examination,” the spokesperson added.
Human rights group Safeguard Defenders printed a report in September citing proof of those service stations in a number of international locations, which it claims “eschew official bilateral police and judicial cooperation and may violate the territorial integrity of third countries involved in setting up a parallel policing mechanism using illegal methods.”
The report contained a map of greater than 50 publicly documented and labeled abroad police stations which China has known as abroad Chinese language “service centers,” positioned throughout the globe. Because it was printed, the Spanish Inside Ministry has launched an investigation into the service stations and the report’s findings.
In the meantime, the Dutch authorities say they’ll “decide on appropriate action” as soon as they acquire “more clarity on the matter,” in keeping with the assertion.