China strongly denied on Wednesday having secret police stations in the United Kingdom (UK).
The announcement comes a day after London ordered China to close them.
British Security Minister Tom Tugendhat said on Tuesday that the British government had ordered the Chinese Embassy to close the sites after human rights group Safeguard Defenders published a report on their existence. on British soil.
The document states that the neighborhoods were set up to provide administrative services, but were also used “to monitor and persecute diaspora communities and, in some cases, to force people to return to China through unscrupulous means. legal”.
Despite this, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin insisted at a regular press conference on Wednesday that “so-called secret police stations simply do not exist.”
“China calls on the UK to respect the facts, stop exaggerating and slandering China and creating obstacles in China-UK relations,” he told reporters.
The representative stressed that China “always strictly adheres to international law and respects the legal sovereignty of all states.”
Mr Tugendhat said on Tuesday that the UK Foreign Office ‘has told the Chinese Embassy that any duties performed by such ‘police stations’ in the UK are unacceptable and that they should not operate under any circumstances. form”.
Source: The Delfi