Chinese dissident disappears in Taiwan

Zhang Xiangzhong reportedly inspired by Lee Ming-che’s wife

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/04/15
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Chinese activist once detained in his country for “causing

Photo from New Citizens Movement

social disorder” disappeared the day after he arrived in Taiwan with a tour group, reports said Saturday.

Zhang Xiangzhong (張向忠), 48, had registered for a tour of eight days and seven nights around Taiwan from April 12 through April 19, according to media reports.

However, on April 13, he left his tour group, with the Tourism Bureau unable to contact him after learning of the incident.

In an interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA), Zhang claimed he had applied for political asylum with the government in Taiwan in a reaction to the detention in China of human rights activists Lee Ming-che (李明哲). The former Democratic Progressive Party worker disappeared in China on March 19, with the authorities there only admitting later they had detained him, supposedly on suspicion of activities detrimental to national security.

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