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Chinese agent has targeted dissidents in the United States, US prosecutors say

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FILE PHOTO: The flags of the United States and China fly from a lamp post in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

March 30, 2022

By Luc Cohen

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused a Chinese national of trying to pressure Chinese government critics living in the United States to travel to China, where they may face punishment.

Sun Hoy Ying, 53, has been charged on two counts of acting as an unregistered Chinese government agent and conspiring, according to an unsealed complaint in federal court in Manhattan.

US prosecutors said the FBI was investigating individuals involved in a campaign known as “Operation Fox Hunt” or “Operation Skynet,” on orders from the Chinese government, to forcibly repatriate people China considered refugees.

Sun is at large in China, prosecutors said in a statement. It was not known when he left the United States and he could not be immediately reached for comment. The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Today’s indictments reflect this office’s continued commitment to fighting transnational repression and bringing those perpetrators to justice,” Damian Williams, the US Attorney in Manhattan, said in a statement.

The charges came two weeks after federal prosecutors in Brooklyn accused five people of attempting to spy on and intimidate Chinese dissidents living in the United States, including a candidate for the US Congress. Three were arrested in this case.

Prosecutors said Sun used private investigators to monitor a US citizen whose then-pregnant daughter was being held against her will in China for eight months.

The Chinese government told the daughter not to seek help from the U.S. government and that she could not leave China until she helped the target return there, prosecutors said.

Sun also worked with a co-conspirator, a US law enforcement official, to put pressure on another target of the operation to comply with China’s demands, prosecutors said.

(Reporting by Luc Cohen; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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