The federal officials said that the case is not isolated, saying that the CCP directed its operatives to coerce other people in the United States between 2016 and 2019.
In furtherance of the operation, the PRC government targets Chinese individuals living in foreign countries that the PRC government alleges have committed crimes under PRC law and seeks to repatriate them to the PRC to face charges, stated the DOJ release.
He acquired a threatening word that stated, "In case you are prepared to return to the mainland and spend 10 years in jail, your spouse and youngsters shall be protected", officers stated.
But John Demers, assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's National Security Division, said, "In many instances, the hunted are opponents of Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi - political rivals, dissidents, and critics".
Between 2016 and continuing through a year ago, a group of Chinese citizens working with a private investigator and at the behest of the Chinese government sought to bully the man into returning to China through an intimidation campaign that included surveillance and online harassment of the man's adult daughter, unsolicited packages sent to the man's home as well as a threatening note left taped to his front door.
The DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation further stipulated that the CCP doesn't rely on Interpol or other global law enforcement but instead engages "in clandestine, unsanctioned, and illegal conduct within the United States and facilitated the travel of [CCP] officials (PRC officials) to USA soil in order to further carry out these illegal acts" between 2016 and 2019.
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Five defendants - including an American private investigator - were busted in New York, New Jersey and California, officials said. The other three defendants, Zhu Feng, Hu Ji, and Li Minjun are believed to now be in China. "That's the end of this matter!" the note read.
Arrests are part of a series of recent actions by the Trump administration against China, a country that President Donald Trump considers a major competitor.
The five arrested defendants were identified as Zhu Yong, Hongru Jin, Michael McMahon, Rong Jing and Zheng Congying. "[This is] certainly not conduct that we tolerate when conducted unilaterally by a foreign government with no notice or permission of the United States government".
In 2017, they allegedly brought his elderly Chinese father to the USA to threaten him and make him return to China. The hunters became the hunted, the pursuers pursued, "Demers said, adding that the United States reaction was clear".
Earlier this month, the Chinese government warned Washington it could arrest Americans in China in response to the Justice Department's persecution of Chinese military scholars, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The six accused of interstate and worldwide stalking face up to an additional five years in prison.