The Netherlands demanded the closure of two “illegal police stations” that China would have implemented in the country.
According to media reports, Beijing has operated “posts” in Amsterdam and Rotterdam since 2018 to monitor dissidents.
China has denied the allegations.
NGOs have claimed that “police stations” use former army and intelligence officers to silence political opponents, instead of offering recognized diplomatic services.
“[We] have asked the Chinese ambassador for full clarification on the so-called police stations carrying out tasks in the Netherlands on behalf of the Chinese government,” Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said. wrote on Twitter.
“As no permission was requested in the Netherlands for this, the ministry informed the ambassador that the stations should close immediately,” he added.
“In addition, the Netherlands itself is also investigating the stations to find out their exact activities.”
Beijing has denied the allegations, saying the allegations about the illegal police stations are “completely false”.
“China’s public security stations … strictly abide by international law and fully respect other countries’ judicial sovereignty,” Chinese foreign spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters last week.
In September, the Spanish NGO Safeguard Defenders reported that at least 36 Chinese “police stations” had been set up in European countries, including France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
A new survey by RTL Nieuws and investigative journalism platform Follow the Money has confirmed that two such positions are working in the Netherlands.
According to RTL, a “police station” in Amsterdam has been opened by police in the Lishui region of eastern China, while another in Rotterdam is operated by the city of Fuzhou.
Authorities in Spain and Ireland have also opened investigations into alleged “Chinese police stations”.