By: Stacy Hsu
Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Taiwan's government has granted a "special student visa" to Li Jiabao (李家寶),a Chinese student who is seeking political asylum, allowing him to stay in the country for another six months to "advance his knowledge."
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the government agency in charge of cross-Taiwan Strait affairs, announced the decision in a press release Tuesday, when Li's current student visa was due to expire.
"Li has expressed several times his hope of remaining in Taiwan for further studies," MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said in the press release. "The government has considered his wishes and decided to grant him the necessary assistance before his current study period ends."
Chiu said several meetings were held to discuss Li's case in an effort to find a suitable solution, and it was decided eventually to issue him a "special student visa" that would allow him to stay in Taiwan for six more months to continue his studies. [FULL STORY]