By: Miao Tsung-han and Lilian Wu
Taipei, April 15 (CNA) Chinese activist Zhang Xiangzhong (張向忠), who left his tour
group on Thursday and whose whereabouts are currently unknown, indicated online that he plans to request political asylum from the Mainland Affairs Council – the nation’s top China policy planning agency, next Tuesday.
Zhang, who arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday as part of a tour group on an eight-day trip, said time permitting he will call on the Taiwan Association for China Human Rights, a non-government organization set up in 2011, which he said had assisted him with temporary accommodation.
In response to reports about Zhang’s plan to ask for political asylum, the MAC said that if Chinese nationals apply for asylum, the government agency in charge of such matters, the National Immigration Agency (NIA), will conduct an investigation in accordance with related regulations. [FULL STORY]