China ignores Taiwan’s requests on detained activist

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/04/06
By: Miao Tsung-han and S.C. Chang

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) has sent five messages to China requesting China’s approval for family members of detained human rights and pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲) to visit him in China, but has received no response from its Chinese counterpart, a senior mainland affairs official said on Thursday.

Lee, a former Democratic Progressive Party worker and a staff member at Wenshan Community College in Taipei, was detained by China after entering China via Macao on March 19. His wife and several NGO leaders have urged China to release him or at least to disclose where he is being held.

Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with the failure of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), which deals with SEF, to respond either to SEF or Lee’s family.

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