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Taiwan President Supports The Family Of Advocate Detained In China


Taipei  –   The Taiwanese Government would work with the family of Lee Ming-che to bring the pro-democracy activist home from China, where he is in detention, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, said on Wednesday.

“The government’s responsibility is to maintain national dignity and ensure people’s safety and rights,’’ Tsai said at the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s Central Standing Committee meeting.

“We will do our best to bring Lee Ming-che home safely as soon as possible,’’ he said.

Tsai’s comments came hours after Beijing said that some parts of Taiwan had tried to disturb China’s handling of Lee’s case and it would hurt relations across the Taiwan Strait.

“The investigation is being conducted in accordance with the law and the suspect’s legal rights will be protected,’’ China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan said according to the Xinhua News agency.

An also warned that attempts to interfere with the case would only complicate matters and harm Lee’s rights.

Lee had been missing since March 19 when he entered China from Macau.

On March 29, Beijing confirmed that Lee was being held on suspicion of pursuing activities harmful to China’s national security.

The activist’s wife, Lee Ching-yu, was barred by China from boarding a Beijing-bound flight on Monday, when China nullified her travel permit.

“What I want is just a chance to meet my husband,’’ Lee Ching-yu said on Wednesday.

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