DISSIDENT intellectual Hu Jiwei has been banned from attending an inauguration of a news award foundation to be held in Taipei next week because of 'bad cross-strait relationships'. Mr Hu, 77, a former member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and former editor of the People's Daily, was told 'tactfully' by the People's Daily that because of the bad relationship between Beijing and Taipei it was 'better for him not to go', sources in Beijing said yesterday. Mr Hu was to be a member of the adjudication panel composed of intellectuals from Taiwan, Hong Kong and the mainland, including Lee Yee, editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong-based monthly The Nineties, and Dai Qing, a former reporter of the official Guangming Daily. Sources said Mr Hu had already told his host, the editor-in-chief of the China Times, that he would be absent. 'He said that to go to Taiwan has been his wish during all these years. He would certainly like to visit Taiwan if the chance comes up in the future,' a source said. An article in yesterday's pro-Taiwan United Daily News suggested that the ban on Mr Hu was a result of his series of articles on China's press freedom. The newspaper said the bad cross-strait relationship was just an excuse. 'It is believed that the action points at Mr Hu himself. He criticised China's press freedom in a series of articles after his visit to the United States, and this seems to be the reason.' Mr Hu visited the US in June last year. He has made no other overseas trips since.