Close All Chinese Consulates, Embassy Staff Slash :: Gatestone Institute
In recent weeks, Americans have been outraged by reports that the Chinese regime has established a police station on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in Chinatown.
The New York Post last month reported that IRS blacklisted ChangLe Association NY Inc., which failed to file required reports for three consecutive years and thus lost its tax-exempt status in May, owns and still operates a “gas station” at 107 East Broadway.
The location houses the Fuzhou Police Overseas Chinese Affairs Bureau. The stated purpose of the office is to help Chinese nationals with Chinese government ID cards and driver’s licenses.
Beijing also reportedly used the station to track Chinese individuals of interest to the regime and, bypassing legal proceedings, to persuade those Chinese to voluntarily return to China.
From running routine services to tracking down individuals, the bureau has engaged in activities that violate US sovereignty. The United States and China do not have an extradition treaty.
“It’s a shame,” Beau Dietl, the famed retired NYPD detective, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “How in the name of God could they openly have these communist police stations in our country?”
Unfortunately, there is no mystery as to why the Chinese regime thought it could get away with it on American soil.
China’s audacity is the result of Presidents Obama, Trump, and Biden — and perhaps those before them — being aware of the improper and illegal activities in America of Chinese consular officials and Department of Justice agents. State Security, but chose not to deport or punish the perpetrators.
In short, America’s most senior elected leaders have failed to enforce US law against China.
We begin with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party. On the afternoon of July 1 last year, an armed security guard attached to the Chinese consulate in New York shot Manhattan resident Jane Stein in the face as she photographed a protest on the sidewalk outside the Chinese diplomatic outpost.
The incident – the guard shoved Stein’s heavy camera into his face, causing swelling above his left eye – happened on the sidewalk just outside the Consulate on the north side of 42nd Street .
In short, the Consulate Guard was interfering with Americans, on the sovereign territory of the United States, exercising First Amendment rights.
Although the FBI questioned Stein about the assault, the Biden administration appears to have taken no action against the guard or the Chinese consulate in New York.
The guard who assaulted Stein can be seen in the photo below. The guard’s gun is clearly visible in this image. Stein is the woman with the camera.
“For years we staged protests at the consulate and they just ignored us,” Maura Moynihan, the daughter of the late US Senator Daniel Moynihan, told Gatestone. “But now they’re very bold because they know they can do whatever they want and the State Department won’t.”
Fortunately, American attitudes are stiffening, albeit belatedly. For example, on October 20, the Justice Department released indictments against Quanzhong An, his daughter, and five other Chinese nationals for surveilling and harassing a US resident and his son. The accused are believed to have been part of Beijing’s notorious Operation Fox Hunt, a long-running effort to force individuals back to China. Before the recent indictments, the US government often let Chinese agents go with only a warning, sometimes because of State Department intervention. This has not been reported but is known to China watchers.
Law enforcement is essential, but it is hardly a response to China’s massive campaigns against the United States. For example, only two of the defendants charged last month have been apprehended. The other five are thought to be in China. There, they will likely remain beyond the reach of American justice.
One solution is to deny Chinese criminals the safe havens they enjoy in America. China’s main safe havens are its embassy and consulates.
In July 2020, Mike Pompeo’s State Department closed the Chinese consulate in Houston. According to then-spokesman Morgan Ortagus, the state ordered the facility shut down “to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.” These reasons, of course, could be used to shut down all Chinese consulates as well as its embassy. China actually used the Houston site to house a People’s Liberation Army intelligence unit that was fomenting violent Antifa and Black Lives Matter protests, in other words, working to overthrow the US government.
Now is the time to close the remaining consulates — in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco — and send nearly all embassy staff home from Washington, DC.
China will retaliate by ordering the reciprocal closure of the four US consulates in China – in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang and Wuhan – and the reduction of embassy staff.
Such actions will deprive Americans and American businesses of services. However, denial of consular services will be in America’s interest. For personal, business, strategic, national security, and moral security reasons, Americans should not be in China at this time. Ending these services will encourage Americans to do something they should be doing for themselves: Get out of China.
Arguably, as Chinese President Xi Jinping closes Chinese society to the world, the United States needs its embassy and consulates in China more than China needs its diplomatic outposts in America. . There is some truth in this argument, but the United States should also shut down China’s non-diplomatic presences – mainly banks and corporations – to even things out.
China is using every touchpoint to try to bring America down, and American institutions are now overwhelmed by the onslaught. This may sound radical to some, but the survival of freedom and democracy in America depends critically on getting the Chinese regime out of the United States.
The best way to achieve this is to deport military officers, spies, agents, provocateurs and criminals who find protection in Chinese diplomatic sites in the United States. Nothing else would communicate its resolve to Beijing better than getting dangerous Chinese actors off American soil.
The Biden administration should of course also shut down the Chinatown police station.
Gordon G. Chang is the author of The impending collapse of China, a Distinguished Fellow of the Gatestone Institute and member of its Advisory Board.
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