With F.B.I. Search, U.S. Escalates Global Fight Over Chinese Police Outposts – The New York Times

Megha Rajagopalan and 

Megha Rajagopalan, a former China correspondent, reported from London and countries across Europe. William K. Rashbaum reported from New York, where he has spent three decades covering crime.


“The nondescript, six-story office building on a busy street in New York’s Chinatown lists several mundane businesses on its lobby directory, including an engineering company, an acupuncturist and an accounting firm.

A more remarkable enterprise, on the third floor, is unlisted: a Chinese outpost suspected of conducting police operations without jurisdiction or diplomatic approval — one of more than 100 such outfits around the world that are unnerving diplomats and intelligence agents.”