Man accused of helping Chinese government target dissidents in America

Fox News reported this week that federal authorities have accused a foreign national of attempting to force American residents to return to China. 

Documents filed in a Manhattan courtroom were made public on Wednesday, and they allege that 53-year-old Sun Hoi Ying worked in the United States on behalf of the Chinese government from February 2017 to February 2022.

American police officer alleged to have aided Sun

During that time, he is said to have made use of private investigators to gather the personal information of the intended victims.

What’s more, Sun is also alleged to have conspired with at least one U.S. law enforcement officer to target a man living in New York City.

In another instance, a pregnant Chinese American woman was reportedly held against her will in China as part of an effort to pressure her father.

Prosecutors say that man was told she would not be allowed to leave the country unless he went back. The victim was further warned not to seek help from the U.S.

According to U.S. Attorney Damian Williams, Sun, who is believed to be at large in China, was participating in something known as “Operation Fox Hunt,” a program that targeted Chinese dissidents living overseas.

Officials say FBI is “protecting the freedoms enjoyed by all United States residents”

“We allege Mr. Sun, as part of that campaign, attempted to threaten and coerce a victim into bending to the PRC’s will, even using a co-conspirator who is a member of local U.S. law enforcement to reinforce that the victim had no choice but to comply with the PRC Government’s demands,” Williams said in a press release.

“This case demonstrates, once again, the PRC’s disdain for the rule of law and its efforts to coerce and intimidate those it targets on our shores as part of its Operation Fox Hunt.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen spoke up as well, saying, “The defendant allegedly traveled to the United States and enlisted others, including a sworn law enforcement officer, to spy on and blackmail his victims. Such conduct is both criminal and reprehensible.”

Meanwhile, FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael J. Driscoll pledged, “Our commitment to protecting the freedoms enjoyed by all United States residents is steadfast.”

“Today’s action is the latest example of our unwavering determination to combat transnational repression in all its forms.”

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