Beijing confirms jail sentence for Taiwanese professor

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/25/2020
By: Lawrence Chiu and Chiang Yi-ching

​Retired National Taiwan Normal University professor Shih Cheng-ping makes a ‘confession’ during a program of China’s state-run CCTV. Image captured from

Beijing, Nov. 25 (CNA) A retired university professor who was arrested shortly after visiting China in August 2018 has been sentenced to four years in prison on national security charges, China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) said Wednesday.

Retired National Taiwan Normal University professor Shih Cheng-ping (施正屏) was sentenced by a court in the city of Ma'anshan, Anhui province on Tuesday, TAO spokesperson Zhu Fenglian (朱鳳蓮) said at a routine press conference.

In addition to the four-year sentence, property valued at 20,000 Chinese yuan (NT$88,940) was confiscated and he will be stripped of his "political rights" for two years, Zhu said.

In China, an individual stripped of their political rights cannot vote or stand in an election, loses their right to freedom of speech and assembly, is barred from holding a position in state organizations and cannot hold a leading position in any state-owned company. 

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