President on top of Taiwanese activist case

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(CNA file photo)

(CNA file photo)

Taipei, April 11 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is very concerned about a Taiwanese human rights and democracy advocate currently detained in China and is on top of the case, a Presidential Office spokesman said on Tuesday.

Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Tsai has instructed all relevant government agencies to make every effort to protect Lee Ming-che's (李明哲) rights and that the priority is to ensure his personal safety.

Since Lee's detention on March 19, Tsai has been monitoring the case, whether with regard to assistance to Lee's family or in continued communications with China.

"The government is making concerted efforts," Huang said.

According to Huang, accusations that "related agencies are not active in providing assistance are both incorrect and unfair to the working teams."

His remarks came after criticism that Taiwan's official body in charge of China policy -- the Mainland Affairs Council -- and the semi-official body that handles contacts with China -- the Straits Exchange Foundation -- have been ineffective in dealing with their Chinese counterparts.

Lee's wife Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜) planned to fly to Beijing Monday in a bid to meet Chinese authorities to find out where her husband is being detained and the reasons for detaining him.

But she was turned away at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport when she was told by air carrier ground staff that her travel permit had been revoked and that she could not board the plane.

(By Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)

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