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FBI raids Chinatown in Manhattan, Arrests Two Men

F.B.I. arrested two men in a Chinatown in lower Manhattan on early Monday. The two men are accused of acting as agents of the People’s Republic of China in connection with a police outpost that operated in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

The two men: Lu Jianwang (61) and Chen Jinping (59) have brought attention to the law enforcement authorities in how they have acted differently than what they said when they posed as volunteers to help renew Driver’s Licenses in Chinese.

Globally, more than 100 Chinese police operations which are not authorized by the local Governments seem to exist. However, this is the first time criminal charges in connection with the Chinese Police outpost have been brought and will likely bring more attention to Chinatowns globally.

F.B.I. and the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn are investigating the Chinatown outpost as existing without jurisdiction or diplomatic approval. They found out that one of the men, Mr. Lu is a naturalized American citizen and Mr. Chen has not yet confirmed his natural identity by F.B.I.

“The two men were charged with obstruction of justice and accused of destroying evidence as well as conspiring to act as agents of the People’s Republic of China, according to the people with knowledge of the matter,” according to NBC.

More detailed updated investigation will be announced by the F.B.I. as they are prepared for public awareness.

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