By: Wu Rui-chi and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) Two Chinese nationals applied for political asylum from
Taiwan upon their arrival on a transit stop at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport four days ago, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Sunday.
While awaiting fact-checking and instructions by the relevant authorities for handling the case, the NIA said it is keeping the two men at the airport for the time being because they do not have any legal documents allowing them to enter Taiwan.
The agency did not give any details about the identities of the asylum seekers, citing privacy protection, but said they were found at one of the airport’s terminal buildings, where they asked for political protection from prosecution in China.
Meanwhile, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the top government body responsible for mainland affairs, said the two men, both of whom were traveling on valid Chinese passports, made the transit stop in Taiwan on Thursday, en route from Thailand to China. [FULL STORY]