“We are living in the 102th year of the Republic of China, not in the Ming Dynasty. No one in the country is above the law,” Sean Lien said.
His comments appeared to be a reference to a Ming-era intelligence unit known as Dong Chang (東廠), which had the power to spy on court officials, the gentry, academics and the army, and reported directly to the emperor. The unit could also arrest and interrogate such people if authorized to do so by the emperor.
Additional reporting by Jake Chung