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Beijing denies existence of police stations

The Chinese government denies operating “police service stations” in other countries. However, it admitted the existence of so-called “service stations” for its own citizens abroad. As a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry stated in a letter, “passionate overseas Chinese groups” would use them to help fellow countrymen in official matters. The letter was obtained by dpa news agency. Security authorities in Germany and other countries, on the other hand, assume that such institutions also serve to prosecute regime critics.

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