Beijing has set up overseas police outreach operations in more than 80 cities across the world, including Australia, RNZ reveals, as part of a global security push under President Xi Jinping. The stations are affiliated with, and run by, local or municipal governments in China which have large numbers of Chinese nationals living abroad. Human rights groups fear overseas police offices could also be used to target dissidents abroad or compel people to return to China where they could face potentially politicised trials.