Date: Jan 06, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫)
yesterday urged the Chinese and Hong Kong governments to make an unequivocal statement over the reported disappearances of several people working for a Hong Kong publishing house and a related bookstore.
“Democracy has become the inevitable trend of all nations. In light of the incidents [of missing people] in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong or Chinese governments must give the public a clear answer,” Chu said during street canvassing in Yunlin County yesterday morning.
Asked whether the missing persons case could set democratic alarm bells ringing in Taiwan, Chu said that the ideals of democracy and freedom are widely held among the international community.
Democracy and freedom are particularly valued by Taiwanese, Chu added.
Chu’s remarks came one day after Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (梁振英) dismissed allegations that outside agents could have been involved in the disappearance of five booksellers specializing in publications critical of China. [FULL STORY]