A Canadian government report accused China of “influencing or manipulating” the Chinese community in Canada and worldwide.
The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (OCAO) used “coercive tactics” to intimidate the Chinese community living internationally.
The report was penned by the Canadian Border Service Agency security branch in March 2020 but only came to light following the recent court case of a former OCAO employee who wanted to immigrate to Canada.
The report said the Chinese government in particular targets democracy activists, Uyghurs and Falun Gong followers.
Beijing denied the charges, saying that the OCAO is simply responsible for the welfare of Chinese citizens living in other countries.
But the report paints a different picture.
The report said Beijing was zeroed in on very country for “the elimination of rival discourse or potential threats among OC groups that are critical of the regime, or that challenge its hold on power.”