Envoy rejects claim of death threats against Nobel Prize laureate

SEF chairman says claim based on misunderstanding

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/01/26
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s top official for talks with China, Tien Hung-mao (田弘茂), on Thursday

SEF Chairman Tien Hung-mao. (By Central News Agency)

denied allegations by Nobel Prize laureate Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲) that he had implied death threats against the latter’s family during the 2000 presidential election campaign.

During the campaign, Lee, one of Taiwan’s most respected academics, unexpectedly voiced public support for the opposition presidential candidate, Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who went on to win the election.

In a book, Lee alleged that on the eve of his declaration, a person close to ruling Kuomintang vice-presidential candidate Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) told him that he and his whole family might be killed if he supported Chen.

During a television show Wednesday, Lee named the person in the case as present Straits Exchange Foundation chairman Tien.    [FULL  STORY]

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