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International relations

China's 100-plus 'secret police stations' span from NY to Tokyo

Besides New York case, firm evidence of illegal repression remains elusive

The FBI arrested two people in April in connection with an alleged Chinese overseas police station -- the glass-walled building -- in New York's Chinatown. (Photo by Kenji Asada)

NEW YORK/BEIJING/TOKYO -- China's alleged network of more than 100 covert overseas police stations faces growing scrutiny -- and sometimes tougher action -- from countries where they operate.

In one of the most prominent cases, the FBI in April announced the arrest of two Chinese Americans accused of operating an illegal overseas police station in New York City. The two men allegedly ran the office in collusion with the Chinese government, using it for "repressive activities" including harassment. One of the men is also accused of trying at the behest of authorities in China to find an activist living in California.

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