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Lee Ming-che arrested for subversion

‘NOT THE LAST’:As Lee is the first Taiwanese to be charged with ‘subversion of state power’ in China, the government has the responsibility to take action, groups said

By Aaron Tu and Huang Hsin-po  /  Staff reporters, with CNA

Noting that Lee is the first Taiwanese arrested on the charge, Hsiao said the justice ministry has an unavoidable responsibility to take action, as Lee “will not be the last Taiwanese” to receive such treatment by China.

“Subversion of state power is a felony in China and imposing such a charge on a Taiwanese shows that China’s infringement on foreign human rights advocates have become increasingly blatant,” the groups’ statement said, calling on more nations to pay close attention to China’s behavior.

Considering the timing of Beijing’s news release on Friday night ahead of the Dragon Boat Festival, Wenshan Community College principal Cheng Hsiu-chuan (鄭秀娟) questioned China’s intentions, saying that it was purposefully dodging attention as people prepare for the holidays.

Separately yesterday, Deputy Legislative Speaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said the “prison without trial” approach China is using only hurt the feelings of people across the Taiwan Strait and induced fear in Taiwanese visiting China.

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