Communist China formally arrested Lee Ming-cheh, a human rights advocate from Taiwan, on a charge of “subverting state power. He was detained in China in March of 2017.
His arrest, revealed Friday, marks the first time Chinese authorities have charged someone from Taiwan with subversion. Many people in Taiwan fear it will not be the last, and it has added a new strain to the tensions between Beijing and Taipei.
China’s ruling Communist Party has never administered Taiwan but claims it as Chinese territory, to be annexed by force if necessary.
The Nationalists who once dominated China fled to the island after losing to the Communists in a civil war in 1949.
(New York Times, pht)