Lee Ching-yu, wife of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che jailed in China, answers questions during a press conference on March 28, 2019, as she arrives at Taoyuan International Airport. China banned her from visiting her husband in jail for three months, because of alleged improper behaviour. Photo: APLee Ching-yu, wife of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che jailed in China, answers questions during a press conference on March 28, 2019, as she arrives at Taoyuan International Airport. China banned her from visiting her husband in jail for three months, because of alleged improper behaviour. Photo: AP
Lee Ching-yu, wife of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che jailed in China, answers questions during a press conference on March 28, 2019, as she arrives at Taoyuan International Airport. China banned her from visiting her husband in jail for three months, because of alleged improper behaviour. Photo: AP
Yu-Jie Chen
Opinion

Opinion

Yu-Jie Chen and Jerome A. Cohen

Beijing must come clean on arbitrary detention of Taiwanese or risk hurting its soft power ambitions

  • Since 2017, at least four Taiwanese have been arbitrarily detained in mainland China and isolated from family and lawyers because of a breakdown in cross-strait relations
  • International pressure is losing effectiveness as China grows in economic clout but Beijing’s intransigence will only damage its international standing.

Lee Ching-yu, wife of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che jailed in China, answers questions during a press conference on March 28, 2019, as she arrives at Taoyuan International Airport. China banned her from visiting her husband in jail for three months, because of alleged improper behaviour. Photo: APLee Ching-yu, wife of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che jailed in China, answers questions during a press conference on March 28, 2019, as she arrives at Taoyuan International Airport. China banned her from visiting her husband in jail for three months, because of alleged improper behaviour. Photo: AP
Lee Ching-yu, wife of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che jailed in China, answers questions during a press conference on March 28, 2019, as she arrives at Taoyuan International Airport. China banned her from visiting her husband in jail for three months, because of alleged improper behaviour. Photo: AP
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