December 2, 2023

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Taiwanese man charged with ‘secession’ in China, Taiwan protests

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China on Tuesday (April 25) charged a Taiwanese man of “secession”. The person has been held by Chinese language authorities for eight months. Taipei condemned the transfer as a rights violation which it stated was meant to “create concern”.

Yang Chih-yuan was arrested and charged with secession by prosecutors within the japanese Chinese language metropolis Wenzhou, China’s Supreme Folks’s Procuratorate stated.

“The case is below additional processing,” the state prosecutor’s workplace added in a put up on social media, with out offering additional particulars.

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Yang (33) is a vice-chairperson of a minor political social gathering which advocates for Taiwan’s independence. Based on Taiwanese media, he as soon as ran unsuccessfully for the island’s parliament.

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan’s prime China policy-making physique, stated Yang has been detained since August final yr.

“The federal government stresses once more that Yang is harmless and urges the Chinese language Communist Social gathering to launch him so he can return to Taiwan as quickly as attainable,” MAC stated in an announcement.

“The Chinese language aspect’s arbitrary arrests of Taiwanese individuals severely harm the rights and pursuits of our individuals and create concern”.

China considers Taiwan to be its personal territory and has not dominated out use of pressure to seize the democratically dominated island nation.

Beijing has ramped up stress on Taiwan — together with by arresting a number of Taiwanese individuals — since President Tsai Ing-wen’s 2016 election as a result of she regards the island as an unbiased nation and never a part of “one China”.

(With inputs from companies)

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