Mark Collins – Super Spooky Chicom Dragons

The NY Times gives us some news fit to print, leaked by the Obama administration:

Obama Administration Warns Beijing About Covert Agents Operating in U.S.

The Obama administration has delivered a warning to Beijing about the presence of Chinese government agents operating secretly in the United States to pressure prominent expatriates — some wanted in China on charges of corruption — to return home immediately, according to American officials.

The American officials said that Chinese law enforcement agents covertly in this country are part of Beijing’s global campaign to hunt down and repatriate Chinese fugitives and, in some cases, recover allegedly ill-gotten gains.

The Chinese government has officially named the effort Operation Fox Hunt [one Canadian angle here and here].

The American warning, which was delivered to Chinese officials in recent weeks and demanded [hah!] a halt to the activities, reflects escalating anger in Washington about intimidation tactics used by the agents. And it comes at a time of growing tension between Washington and Beijing on a number of issues: from the computer theft of millions of government personnel files that American officials suspect was directed by China [see “Super-Hack on US Government Personnel Records: Holy Treasure, Dragonman“], to China’s crackdown on civil liberties, to the devaluation of its currency. [Issues? what about the South China Sea?]

Those tensions are expected to complicate the state visit to Washington next month by Xi Jinping, the Chinese president…

China says it follows local laws overseas. But in December, two Chinese police officers were caught operating in Australia without the permission of local authorities, according to local news media reports that were confirmed by Australian officials. The officers had traveled to Melbourne from the northeast province of Shandong to pursue a Chinese citizen accused of bribery, the reports said.

Australian officials promptly summoned diplomats from the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, as well as in Beijing, to express their displeasure, according to a spokesman for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“The government registered with China its deep concerns about this, making clear it was unacceptable,” said the spokesman, who added “the government has been assured by Chinese authorities that there would be no repeat of these actions [anyone think the Canadian government would be as frank publicly–especially with an election on and all wanting Chinese-Canadian votes?].”..

Gosh. Anyone think the Top Dragon will be worried by the US views above?

Very relevant:

Spookery in Canada: China, CSIS and…the Ontario Government, Part 2

China’s Vast Cyber-Reach in the US: Hillary Clinton? Or,

China: President Xi Gripping the PLA, Part 2

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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