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MAC says 5 Chinese dissidents not seeking to stay in Taiwan

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) None of the five Chinese dissidents who were recently detained in Taiwan for either entering illegally or overstaying their visas have applied to remain in the country, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Sunday. The MAC was responding to an open letter to President Ma Ying-jeou (???), written by U.S.- based Chinese dissident Xin Haonian (???), asking Taiwan to protect the five dissidents so that they would not have to return to China. If they are forced to return home, they definitely will be persecuted again by the Communist Party of China, Xin wrote. According to a report on the Washington-based Radio Free Asia, three of the dissidents -- Lu Ning (??), Su Qianlong (???) and Shi Jian (??) -- set sail on a motor yacht from a port in Shangdong in northeastern China in early August. The plan was to stop in Taiwan to pick up two other dissidents, Wang Zui (??) and his girlfriend Lu Yini (???), then continue onward to Guam, where they would seek political asylum from the U.S government, the report said. However, the yacht ran aground off the coast of western Taiwan due to high waves, forcing them to seek help from Taiwan authorities and they were detained by the National Immigration Agency, which may deport them back to China, the news report said. A MAC spokeswoman said at a press conference last Thursday that the five dissidents have made it clear that they will seek U.S. asylum. They had been detained in Taiwan either for entering the country illegally or overstaying their tourist visas, she said. "None of the government agencies have received information that the five people want to remain in Taiwan," the MAC spokeswoman said Sunday. Xin, 67, said that all five detainees are democracy fighters against the CPC's totalitarian rule and supporters of the idea that the Republic of China should be reinstalled on the mainland. (By Yin Chun-chieh and Bear Lee)


Updated : 2021-09-29 06:05 GMT+08:00