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Taiwanese man held by China, allegedly over Falun Gong links

2012/06/22 16:35:44

Taipei, June 22 (CNA) A Taiwanese businessman has been detained by Chinese authorities during a recent visit to the mainland, allegedly because of his connection with the banned Falun Gong sect, his wife said at a news conference Friday.

Chung Ting-pang, a manager of a Hsinchu-based technology firm, went to Jiangxi Province to visit his half-brother June 15 and was scheduled to take a flight back to Taiwan June 18.

After Chung failed to return home when planned, the family learned that he had been taken into custody by Chinese police to "assist with an investigation into the Falun Gong sect," Chung's wife said.

She said that while Chung is a Falun Gong practitioner, he has not participated in the operations of the organization.

Ma Shaw-chang, vice secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation, said that as soon as the foundation received a complaint from Chung's family on June 19 it requested its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, to help him.

The foundation further asked the Ministry of Justice and the Criminal Investigation Bureau on Friday to help seek a resolution with Chinese authorities based on the cross-Taiwan Strait agreement on mutual legal assistance, Ma said.

Meanwhile, opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Yu Mei-nu said the case has highlighted the lack of protection for Taiwanese businessmen in China and suggested that the issue be addressed in an investment protection pact being negotiated between the two sides.

(By Chen Shun-hsieh, Su Yen-feng and Y.F. Low)