EVASION:TFU executives suggested that Rebiya Kadeer could visit Taiwan to talk about democratization and Muslim issues instead of focusing on China issues
Date: Jun 10, 2016
By: Chiu Yen-ling / Staff reporter
Exiled World Uyghur Congress (WUC) president Rebiya Kadeer said in an exclusive interview with
the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) at the end of last month that she wishes to visit Taiwan in August, a plan a Kadeer-friendly group in Taiwan suggested Kadeer defer.
Taiwan Friends of Uighurs (TFU) co-director Marie Yang (楊月清) said that Kadeer should give President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) six months to sort out cross-strait relations before she visits the nation.
Kadeer said that if the Taiwanese government would issue her a visa, she hopes to lead a WUC delegation to Taiwan to meet with Tsai.
Kadeer also said that the WUC has been in close contact with the TFU, founded by Paul Lin (林保華), and plans to create a WUC representative office in Taiwan and has sent an envoy to provide more information about East Turkestan to the Taiwanese.
Yang said that the TFU would suggest inviting Kadeer to attend a cultural or academic event in Taiwan “so that it would be less politically sensitive and Beijing would not have anything to protest.”
However, Yang said that the visit could be arranged for a later time, saying: “Do not put pressure on Tsai in July or August, because there is no rush.” [FULL STORY]