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Canadian authorities have issued a deportation order for a Chinese woman for being part of Beijing’s foreign intervention program.
The Immigration and Refugee Board ruled that Jing Zhang worked for the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (OCAO), a spy agency in Canada.
While immigration officials have not disputed Zhang’s espionage, the Refugee Council found that as an OCAO employee of 11 years, he contributed to efforts to pressure the Chinese diaspora.
According to the 32-page ruling, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) uses the OCAO to silence dissent abroad.
The organization “has been and continues to be involved in espionage against targeted PRC individuals and groups in Canada,” the IRB added.
“OCAO conducting espionage, surveillance or covert monitoring of Chinese and ethnic Chinese dissidents or minorities in Canada is against Canada and against its security interests.”
The decision to deport Zhang for security reasons was made on August 28, but was only recently made public.
A Vancouver lawyer representing Zhang could not be reached for comment.
The Canada Border Services Agency did not respond by deadline to whether Zhang had been deported since the decision was issued six months ago.
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An inquiry into foreign interference in Canada’s 2019 and 2021 federal elections was scheduled to open Monday in Ottawa.
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The commission was sparked by allegations of widespread Chinese interference, but has the authority to investigate actions by Russia and “other foreign countries or non-state actors.”
But the election is only one part of the national security threat: the intimidation of Canadians by governments abroad, particularly China.
Activists targeted by Beijing have been harassed, intimidated and extorted, and their extended families in China have been threatened.
The OCAO is one of several groups the Communist Party has tasked with eliminating “potential threats and rival discourses” that oppose the Chinese Communist Party’s takeover of power.
“The evidence suggests that OCAO’s primary role was to gather intelligence on dissidents and ethnic minorities outside China,” the IRB wrote.
In Zhang’s hearing, the CBSA noted that the OCAO has infiltrated Chinese communities in Canada to crack down on opponents, including Taiwanese, ethnic Uyghurs, Falun Gong practitioners and Chinese Canadian citizens.
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OCAO “engaged in covert action and intelligence against them, manipulating them,” the immigration enforcement agency alleges.
According to the CBSA, its purpose is to “control the behavior of the overseas Chinese community by encouraging, encouraging and monitoring it,” which is espionage.
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According to the IRB, from 2008 to 2019, Zhang worked at the OCAO in Yangzhou, first as director of public affairs and later as director of foreign relations.
He traveled abroad on business up to four times a year and engaged in “target groups” both within China and in the diaspora, the ruling said.
“His target populations included students, celebrities, government officials and groups, and business people,” he added.
“His performance and target populations demonstrate that he is committed to OCAO’s goals and implementation. qiaouw“.
Qiaouw According to the IRB, this is a Marxist-Leninist tactic that uses person-to-person relations to neutralize critics of the Communist Party.
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Zhang, who has a law degree, downplayed his role at OCAO, blaming translation errors and noting that Canada had granted him several visas in the past without any problems.
He denied membership in the OCAO, but the IRB ruled that he was a member and knowingly participated in its activities and supported its goals.
The hearings were held almost entirely from Vancouver.
Another former OCAO employee, Yong Zhang, was found inadmissible to Canada in 2022 under a similar finding.
In 2018, OCAO became part of China’s United Front Affairs Department, which federal officials say is operating in Canada.
According to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communist Party uses the UFWD to “stifle criticism and manipulate Canadian communities.”
The RCMP is also investigating police stations Chinese officials say were set up in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal to conduct their operations.
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