China urged to allow detainee’s wife to visit him

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) is calling on China to allow the wife of a detained Taiwanese NGO worker to visit him and to hold talks with Taiwan to handle the case. That's the word from MAC Minister Katherine Chang on Tuesday.

It has been more than three weeks since Lee Ming-che was detained by China upon entering Guangdong province via Macau in mid-March. Lee's wife has been blocked from travel to Beijing to seek information when her entry permit was revoked.

Speaking at an international press conference, Chang reiterated the government's stance to safeguard Taiwan's dignity and protect its people. Chang said unofficial channels say Lee may be being held in Zhuhai, Guangdong province though that has not been confirmed.

Chang said the MAC and the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation will continue offering assistance to Lee's wife. However, she said China has not responded to Taiwan's demands concerning Lee's whereabouts and his release.

Meanwhile, Deputy Justice Minister Tsai Bi-chong said the government has tried to communicate with China based on a judicial mutual assistance agreement. But Beijing has yet to respond to Taiwan's written requests. Tsai said it remains unclear exactly on what charges Lee has been detained. The Chinese side has said only that Lee has been detained on suspicion of endangering national security.

Lee is a staff member at Wenshan Community College in Taipei and a former staffer for the Democratic Progressive Party.

Source: Radio Taiwan International