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The Netherlands detects China’s clandestine activities on its territory to persecute dissidents

Archive – Terraces on a street in Amsterdam – Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/dpa – File

The authorities of the Netherlands have detected clandestine police offices of China in Amsterdam and Rotterdam that would supposedly serve to persecute political dissidence.

China masks these alleged activities within what it calls “service centers”, active in several countries, according to information published this Wednesday by the RTL Nieuws network and the Follow the Money research platform. In theory, they serve to facilitate procedures for Chinese citizens living abroad, for example to renew their driver’s license.

However, it would also carry out police work and information gathering. The activity now under suspicion dates back to 2018, in the case of Amsterdam, and this same year, in the case of Rotterdam.

An exiled dissident quoted by RTL has explained that he was summoned to the Rotterdam office and urged to return to China to solve his “problems”. “They also told me that I had to think about my parents,” he recounted.

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