A recent announcement by China’s police force that it has set up a special unit to nab so-called “fugitives” who fled the country is prompting fears that the ruling Chinese Communist Party is expanding its law enforcement activities far beyond its borders.
Beijing’s overseas fugitives’ bureau will “help China to bring fugitives hiding overseas to justice and to retrieve stolen funds,” the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement last week.
The move comes amid growing concerns among rights activists and lawyers over the clandestine detention of Chinese nationals outside the country. Several of whom have recently been picked up in Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Hong Kong using opaque and undocumented procedures.
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