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DOJ Charges Eight Chinese Operatives for Efforts to Round Up Dissidents

  • Operation Fox Hunt pressures dissenters to go to China: U.S.
  • ‘Hunters became the hunted’ with U.S.’s action, official says
John Demers speaks during a Department of Justice news conference with Christopher Wray on Oct. 28.

John Demers speaks during a Department of Justice news conference with Christopher Wray on Oct. 28.

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images/Bloomberg
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The Justice Department announced that eight Chinese operatives were charged for allegedly carrying out an illegal law enforcement operation in the U.S. aimed at pressuring dissidents to return to China.

The operatives were acting as agents of the People’s Republic of China in carrying out what’s known as Operation Fox Hunt, which the Chinese government portrays as an effort to track down “legitimate fugitives,” John Demers, head of the department’s national security division, told reporters on Wednesday. The eight included five people who were arrested in the U.S., Demers said.