Owner of temple claims ‘strategic retreat’ a la Mao

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 01, 2018
By: Yan Hung-chun  /  Staff reporter

The controversial pro-unification owner of the Biyun Temple, Wei Ming-jen (魏明仁),

Wei Ming-jen stands outside Biyun Temple in Changhua County’s Ershuei Township on Wednesday.  Photo: Chen Kuan-pei, Taipei Times

flew to Hong Kong a day after the Changhua County government began demolishing his additions to the temple, a national security officer said yesterday on condition of anonymity.

The county on Wednesday sent demolition crews to the shrine in Ershuei Township (二水) and Wei left Taiwan the next day, the official said.

Wei said his “retreat from his Ershuei base” followed the example of Mao Zedong’s (毛澤東) strategic retreat during the Chinese Communist Party’s battles with the Nationalist Army in China’s Yunnan Province about 70 years ago, Wei said an interview with crntt.com, a Chinese-language digital media outlet, published on Saturday.

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration decided to level his “base” because it feared it would grow and because it wants to upset China by working with the US, Wei was quoted as saying.    [FULL  STORY]

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