In US New York, FBI arrested two supposed Chinese agents

In US New York, FBI arrested two supposed Chinese agents

New York: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested two alleged Chinese agents.

Federal prosecutors have charged dozens of others with working to silence and harass dissidents inside the United States, according to a CNN report.
The report said that Lu Jianwang and Chen Jinping allegedly ran a police station in New York City’s Chinatown.

Both men are US citizens and have been charged with conspiracy to act as agents of the Chinese government and obstruction of justice.
The police station has been closed since a search warrant was executed at the location last fall, according to John Marzuli, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the report added.
Both men appeared in court Monday, with Lowe released on $250,000 bond and Chen on $400,000 bond.

They are not allowed to travel within half a mile of the Chinese consulate or to communicate with the mission or co-conspirators.
Neither has filed any application.

Lowe retained counsel but was represented by a public defender in the proceedings, and a public defender was appointed to represent Chen.

Both public defenders declined to comment at the hearing.
The Department of Justice also announced criticism of the U.S. government against 34 officers of the People’s Republic of China National Police for harassment of Chinese citizens.

All 34 are believed to be living in China and remain at large, according to the Justice Department.
Agents allegedly used social media to post positively about the PRC and attack their “perceived opponents,” including pro-democracy advocates in the U.S. and around the world, the Justice Department said. Chinese workers are involved.

The Justice Department reportedly said the illegal police operation was the “first overseas police station in the United States” established by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, or MPS.
The agents were allegedly directed by MPS to create and maintain accounts that appeared to be run by US citizens.

According to prosecutors, topics in their propaganda machine include US foreign policy, human rights issues in Hong Kong, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Covid-19 and racial justice protests following the killing of George Floyd.

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