Group propagating military annexation by China expected in Taiwan

NIA and MAC will keep close watch on any violations of the law

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Li Yi (front right) being shown the way out of Taiwan Friday morning.

Li Yi (front right) being shown the way out of Taiwan Friday morning. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Following the expulsion of sociologist Li Yi (李毅), another group of academics propagating the military takeover of Taiwan by China was expected to try and visit the island before the end of April, but the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) would try and stop them, the Liberty Times reported Saturday (April 13).

The National Immigration Agency (NIA) put Li on a flight out of the country Friday morning after he had been deemed a threat to national security. Having entered Taiwan on a tourist visa, he did not hold the right to make public speeches at political events, the NIA said.

He had been invited by a small pro-unification group to speak at a march and forum in Taichung Saturday, but following his expulsion, the organizers canceled the event, though a counterprotest was expected to take place.

The Chinese Unity Promotion Party (CUPP), led by former gang leader Chang An-lo (張安樂), said it was organizing a seminar with a group from China on April 24, but denied it was responsible for inviting them and arranging their visit, the Liberty Times reported.

The five-member group of Chinese academics included Li again, but also democracy activist Wang Xizhe (王希哲) and a Princeton University Ph.D. named as Feng Sheng-ping, reports said. If they were unable to find a site for their seminar, they would ask unification supporters to help.

The group planned to stay in Taipei from April 23 through 27 and wanted to organize three seminars, as well as arrange a meeting with Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), who is returning from his current visit to the United States on April 18.

Advocates of a military attack to annex Taiwan have put forward 2022 as a likely date, while they suggest China should ask the Russian Navy to blockade the Taiwan Strait during the operations.

The NIA said that Wang had not applied for a visa to visit Taiwan, but the other members of the group had. When they eventually showed up at a Taiwanese airport, the NIA would remind them about the nature of their visa, and if they broke the law, they would be immediately expelled, the Liberty Times reported.

The MAC said it would closely watch developments, and refuse the group entry if it came to Taiwan to propagate military aggression.