Date: November 26, 2020
By: Frank Fang
Shih Cheng-ping, a retired assistant professor at the island’s National Taiwan Normal University, was recently found guilty of espionage and sentenced by the Intermediate People’s Court in Anshan, a city located in eastern China’s Anhui Province. The conviction was announced during a daily briefing on Nov. 25 by Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), an agency under the cabinet-like State Council.
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), in a statement on Nov. 25, described Shih’s sentencing as “malicious political entrapment,” and an act that tarnished academic exchanges between the two sides. The MAC is a government agency responsible for cross-strait affairs.
MAC criticized Beijing for making false statements when it said that Shih’s litigation rights were being protected, when, in fact, his basic human rights were ignored, since his family members weren’t allowed to visit him. [FULL STORY]