Italian Interior Minister Piedosi said that he would stop allowing Chinese police to participate in local joint patrol missions.

The picture shows Italian and Chinese police patrolling together in downtown Milan in May 2016.

(European News Agency file photo)

At least 11 police stations in Italy

[Compilation of Lin Yuxuan/Comprehensive Report] The Spanish-based human rights organization "Safeguard Defenders" (Safeguard Defenders) revealed that China has set up at least eleven overseas "police stations" in Italy.

Italian newspaper Il Foglio reported on the 19th that Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi said that the Chinese police would stop participating in local joint patrols.

At the same time, Japan and South Korea have successively launched investigations against China's overseas police stations, which may further affect bilateral relations.

Protection Guardian pointed out that the police service station established by China in Italy is related to the bilateral agreement in 2015, allowing Chinese police to participate in Italian police patrols in Rome, Milan, Naples and other cities. At the beginning, the police are dispatched during the peak tourist season every year to assist the Chinese people who go to Italy for sightseeing.

Piedosi said that in the future, the participation of Chinese police in joint patrols will be stopped, and there will be no other alternatives.

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Piedosi emphasized that Congress has been informed this month that the joint patrol agreement signed with China has nothing to do with the police service stations set up by China in Italy, and that the agreement was only implemented from 2015 to 19, Then it was called off due to the outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan.

Sovereignty violations Japan and South Korea have also started investigations

On the other hand, Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other agencies quoted the report of the protection guards at the Liberal Democratic Party's Foreign Affairs Council and other joint meetings on the 19th, pointing out that the Chinese police have opened two service stations in Japan; they have informed Beijing through diplomatic channels, Any activity that violates Japan's sovereignty will absolutely not be tolerated.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the two domestic service stations are led by the public security bureaus of Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, and Nantong City, Jiangsu Province. The former is opened in Tokyo, while the location of the latter is unknown.

The "Japan Dignity and National Interests Protection Association" formed by conservative members of the Liberal Democratic Party set up strongholds against the Chinese police in the National Assembly, held an expert opinion hearing meeting, and asked the government to clarify the matter as soon as possible.

South Korea mobilizes military and police for anti-espionage measures

The South Korean media referred to these "service stations" set up by the Chinese government overseas as "Chinese Secret Police".

Yonhap News Agency reported that the South Korean government has mobilized military and police anti-espionage measures, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant ministries have started to investigate whether there is a Chinese police service station in the territory. If the results are true, South Korea-China relations may be affected by Beijing’s suspicion of violating sovereignty and obstructing justice. Negative impact.

102 "Overseas 110" in 53 countries

Protection Guardian revealed in September that the Chinese government has 54 overseas police stations in 21 countries around the world, most of which are located in Europe. As of November, there are 102 police stations in 53 countries including South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Used to gather intelligence, monitor and repatriate overseas dissidents.

The United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany and other countries have successively launched investigations into this.

The Chinese police refuted the aforementioned allegations, claiming that these service stations are run by volunteers to assist Chinese citizens to update documents and provide other services that cannot be returned to China due to the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic.

However, the investigation report shows that such overseas police stations were created before the outbreak of the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic.

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