"I received words from the [Taiwanese] government late [Monday] night confirming that Lee Ming-che has been detained by the security agencies of the Chinese government", his wife, Lee Ching-yu, said from Taipei. The Beijing-based Taiwan Affairs Office under the State Council confirmed on Wednesday that Lee Ming-che had been detained and was under investigation after he entered the mainland on March 19.
The Trump administration is crafting a big new arms package for Taiwan that could include advanced rocket systems and anti-ship missiles to defend against China, U.S. officials said earlier this month, a deal sure to anger Beijing. The SEF is a semi-official organization charged with the handling of Taiwan's relations with China in the absence of official ties between the two sides.
Relations between Beijing and Taiwan have worsened in the past year, largely because Beijing distrusts the DPP, which took power last year and traditionally supports independence for Taiwan. - Taipei Times China, Philippines:China and the Philippines will hold the first meeting of a bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea issue in May, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Tuesday.
She said in addition to seeking help from the Taiwanese authorities, friends and family have also sought help from global human right organisations, including Amnesty worldwide.
While China has rarely been forthcoming with information about alleged national security crimes, Lee's case could be further complicated by the fact that China cut off its already limited contacts with Tsai's government last June.
Police can also blacklist NGOs deemed guilty of national security-related crimes like subversion or separatism, although definitions of such crimes remain vague.
But Lee's family will request Chinese authorities to allow them to visit him, according to family spokeswoman Cheng Hsui-chuan. China is also urged to quickly arrange for Lee's family and lawyer to visit him to safeguard his rights, Hsu said.
China regards national sovereignty, security, and unity as unquestionable national interests, and Chinese leadership has never taken military action off the table as an option for reunification.
On Tuesday last week, Tsai wrote on Twitter that she hopes young Taiwanese and Japanese politicians will work hand-in-hand to deepen bilateral exchanges.
Lee, a former employee of Taiwan's now-ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Lee had been sharing "Taiwan's democratic experiences" with his Chinese friends online for many years and often mailed books to them, according to the Taiwan Association for Human Rights.