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A Chinese “police station” in Dublin’s city centre has been ordered to close by the Irish government 

Dublin: Ireland has ordered China to close a fictitious police station in Dublin after the publication of a human rights report in September that highlighted Beijing’s extraterritorial pressure tactics.

According to Chinese officials, the Fuzhou Police Service Overseas Station, which opened earlier this year in Dublin city centre, provides diplomatic services to Chinese people in Ireland, such as driving licence renewal.

However, according to a study by the human rights organisation Safeguard Defenders, Chinese officials set up similar stations across the world, primarily in Europe, to compel dissidents to return to China.

The Irish foreign ministry stated that China had not sought permission to establish the station and that it had just requested the Chinese embassy to “close and cease operations” there.

“The Department highlights that all foreign nations’ acts on Irish territory must be in accordance with international and domestic law standards,” stated an Irish government spokesman. “As a result, the department told the embassy that the Capel Street office should close and cease operations.”

According to the official, China has now closed the station.

Details about two illegal Chinese police stations in the Netherlands were exposed Wednesday by the Dutch media, which also advertise diplomatic services but are purportedly used to pressure Chinese dissidents.

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