TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The government of Taiwan will deport anyone who intends to push for military unification during his or her sojourn on the island, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Saturday, a day following the deportation of Chinese academic Li Yi (李毅) who had attempted to deliver a speech while only having applied for a tourist visa.
Su reiterated the government’s stern stance over the issue in an event marketing Pingtung-grown onions on April 13, wrote Liberty Times, as a group of five pro-unification individuals was reportedly planning to visit the island to conduct public speeches at the end of the month.
Taiwan, despite being a free, democratic, and hospitable country, will never countenance conducts by individuals who seek to impose the ideology of China’s unification with Taiwan through military force, asserted Su, adding “visiting Taiwan to advocate forceful unification under the guise of sightseeing amounts to a terrorist act.”
Stressing that it was justifiable for the National Immigration Agency to expel Li Yi, Su said Taiwan has been “nice” in dealing with the matter, “unlike Beijing, which has moved to jail Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲) for five years simply because he had made a few remarks online,” the report quoted him.
Separately, Taoyuan city councilor Wang Hau-yu (王浩宇) posted three photos Saturday morning featuring Chinese academic Li Yi with figures including former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in what he described as a controversial appearance.
In response, Ma’s office clarified that the meeting took place Dec. 5, 2018, at a keynote speech at Soochow University. “Li is not an acquaintance of Ma," the statement said, castigating Wang for “shamelessly” attempting to imply a close relationship between the two, reported Liberty Times.
Chinese academic Li Yi (Photo/CNA)