We don’t need or want a secret police station in our great city.United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Breon Peace, on the Monday arrest of two men who allegedly set up a “secret police station” in New York City on behalf of the Chinese government.
What To Know: On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department announced the arrest of two men who allegedly helped create an “undeclared police station in downtown New York City,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael Driscoll said. U.S. Attorney Peace explained, “As alleged, the defendants were directed to do the PRC’s [People’s Republic of China] bidding, including helping locate a Chinese dissident living in the United States, and obstructed our investigation by deleting their communications with a Chinese Ministry of Public Security official.”
Why It Matters: Peace noted that “this prosecution reveals the Chinese government’s flagrant violation of our nation’s sovereignty by establishing a secret police station in the middle of New York City.” The two men arrested – “Harry” Lu Jianwang (61) of the Bronx and Chen Jinping (59) of Manhattan – were charged with obstructing justice (for deleting evidence of their communications with a Chinese official) and for conspiring to act as agents of the Chinese government. Later on Monday, they were expected to appear in a Brooklyn federal court. The police station they helped to create was closed in late 2022, authorities noted. If convicted on both charges, the men could face upwards of 20 years in prison.
Big Picture: This high profile arrest comes against the backdrop of heightened tension between China and the U.S. Also on Monday, the DOJ announced charges against 34 Chinese officials for transnational repression, as well as announcing similar charges for eight Chinese government officials in a separate case.
United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York, DOJ: Two Individuals Arrested for Operating Undeclared Police station of the Chinese Government in Chinatown in Manhattan
by Jenna Lee,