TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - Taiwan's National Security Bureau on Monday said that Chinese authorities had likely detained Taiwanese activist Li Ming-che due to charges of violating foreign NGO Management Law.
Li (who is often referred to as ‘Lee’ by other media outlets) has been missing for almost a month. Since he went missing in mid-March, his wife, Li Ching-yu and non-government organisations have repeatedly called on Beijing for an explanation of the grounds upon which he was detained, an acknowledgement of his location and his release.
Chinese authorities have said that Li was arrested on suspicion of endangering state security. Li Ching-yu attempted to travel to Beijing on her own on April 10, but was barred from doing so as Chinese authorities invalidated her travel documents, namely her Taibaozheng.
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) continued to maintain last week that Chinese authorities detained Li upon suspicion of endangering national security, but went further in accusing some groups in Taiwan of intentionally leveraging the case to “attack China” and worsen cross-strait relations.
According to the bureau’s understanding, Chinese authorities detained Li due to violation of a foreign NGO management law that came into effect this year, bureau Deputy Director General Chou Mei-wu said during a legislature interpellation session.
In the past two or three years, China had arrested people from a variety of countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia and Hong Kong, Chou said, as he explained the bureau’s understanding of the detainment.
Many of those arrested and detained were held for over a year, he added.
He also stressed that he believed Li’s detainment was not a “reckless move” made to satisfy some form of arrest quota by the Chinese national security agencies, responding Li Ching-yu’s suggestion last week.
Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Lai Jui-lung had been asking Chou whether the bureau had knowledge of Li’s status on the mainland.
While Chou confirmed that to be the case and that he had relayed the information to related agencies, he said it was not appropriate to release such information to the public.
Chou had been attending an interpellation session at the Internal Affairs Legislature Committee, where Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Katharine Chang was scheduled to report on the government’s response to cross-strait relations developments after the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.
Can’t Accept China’s Terminology: MAC
Meanwhile, regarding Chinese state media’s usage of the words “China Taipei” instead of “Chinese Taipei” in its coverage of the China-hosted Asian Table Tennis Championships, Chang called it “degrading” of Taiwan’s name.
“Chinese media’s degrading of our name, (is something) that we definitely cannot accept. Taiwan is definitely not a part of mainland China ... there will be an official protest lodged against China,” Chang said.
She stressed that Taiwan’s usage of the name “Chinese Taipei” in competitions hosted on the international stage is regulated by the International Olympic Committee.
Chinese Taipei is a name that everyone agrees upon, Chang said, claiming China’s actions in this were unhelpful for cross-strait relations.