Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), the wife of detained Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who is jailed in China, yesterday departed for Changsha to visit her husband after receiving a single-entry travel permit from Beijing.
Lee is to visit her husband in Chishan Prison, Hunan Province, today.
A Chinese court on Nov. 28 last year sentenced Lee Ming-che to five years in prison and deprived him of his political rights for a further two years on charges of subverting state power.
Photo: AFP / Chris Stowers
Lee Ming-che had said at the court that he would not appeal the ruling.
Before departing from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday morning, Lee Ching-yu said she is visiting her husband to convey his family’s support and good wishes to him.
Lee Ming-Che’s mother, Kuo Hsiu-chin (郭秀秦), did not accompany Lee Ching-yu.
China on Thursday last week informed Lee Ching-yu through a China-based Taiwanese business association that it would issue a one-off document allowing her to enter China after her previous application was rejected because she did not have a valid “Taiwan Compatriot Travel Document” — permits issued to Taiwanese by Chinese authorities for travel to China.
An official from Taiwan’s semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation, which handles relations with China, is accompanying Lee Ching-yu, the foundation said.
Lee Ching-yu is to visit her husband today and return home tomorrow, a foundation official said.
Meanwhile, the Mainland Affairs Council said it has arranged for a Taiwanese business association in Changsha to help Lee Ching-yu during her trip.
It has communicated with China through a formal cross-strait channel to ensure Lee Ching-yu’s access to her husband, and the safety of her and her companions while in China, the council added.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
MEDICINAL HERB: The FRIL protein extracted from hyacinth beans helped laboratory mice survive H1N1 infection and effectively neutralized the coronavirus A protein isolated from hyacinth beans, a medicinal herb known for centuries, has been found to restrict the activities of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses in laboratory experiments, a team of Academia Sinica researchers said yesterday. The beans’ curative effect is documented in the 16th-century Chinese medicine classic Compendium of Materia Medica (本草綱目) and they are also a food source in some countries, the Genomics Research Center’s Chemical Biology Division Director Alex Ma (馬徹) told a news conference in Taipei. Center senior research specialist Jan Jia-tsrong (詹家琮) experimented with up to 500 medicinal herbs to see if they could restrict influenza viruses and