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China’s Aggressive Tactics on U.S. Soil Provoke Federal Indictment

Seven nationals with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) came to the United States to bully and intimidate a man whose only apparent crime was escaping that communist country.

The seven PRC nationals tried to coerce the man to return to the PRC as part of an international extralegal repatriation effort called “Operation Fox Hunt.” They acted at the behest of the PRC government.

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Federal officials this month indicted the seven PRC nationals. This is according to a statement that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York published this month.

“Operation Fox Hunt” is a PRC initiative to locate and repatriate alleged fugitives who flee to foreign countries, including the United States. 

“The PRC government has taken such law enforcement actions on U.S. soil in a unilateral manner without approval, of or coordination with the U.S. government,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The victim, the U.S. Attorney’s Office went on to say, fled China and sought a better life within the United States. The PRC also targeted the man’s family and even filed a lawsuit in New York state against the man and his son, alleging the two men stole money from the man’s former PRC-based employer.

The primary PRC agent, Quanzhong An, admitted that the PRC would drop the civil suit against the man and his son if the father returned to the PRC. 

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“He [Quanzhong An] stated that ‘they are still suing you to place additional pressure on you’ and ‘will keep pestering you through a lawsuit’ because the cost of it ‘really is a drop in the bucket for a country to spend $1 billion or $0.8 billion to meet the political task assigned by the Central Government,’” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Quanzhong An, the U.S. Attorney’s Office went on to say, admitted he was working to increase his standing in the PRC. Quanzhong An repeatedly told the man that the PRC government would keep pestering him and make his daily life uncomfortable. 

The feds arrested and arraigned Quanzhong An and his daughter Guangyang An this month. Five remaining defendants remain at large, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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