MAC defends deportation of Chinese scholar

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Li Yi (center)

Li Yi (center)

Taipei, April 15 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday that in Taiwan it is illegal to advocate war, therefore, the government was justified in deporting a Chinese scholar, who has promoted the use of force to unite Taiwan with China.

"If the government failed to do so, it would have been negligent in its duty," MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said at a legislative hearing on creating institutional mechanisms to oversee the signing of cross-Taiwan Strait pacts.

He cited the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which was adopted by Taiwan as domestic law in 2009 and states that "any propaganda for war shall be prohibited by law."

Li Yi (李毅) would also have breached the terms of his tourist entry permit if he had given a scheduled public speech at a pro-unification rally in Taichung on Saturday, which was eventually canceled, according to the National Immigration Agency (NIA).

On Saturday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Taiwan had no reason to allow Li to stay because he constituted a national security threat.

Li was deported last Friday, three days after his arrival in Taiwan on a tourist entry permit.

At Monday's hearing, Chiu stressed Li was dealt with in accordance with the law, based on his comments, which advocated military action against Taiwan that could wreck the lives of the people on both sides of the strait.

Any foreign nationals who make similar remarks will be listed as "persona non grata and their applications to enter Taiwan will be closely scrutinized," Chiu said.

Meanwhile, Chiu said the government's ongoing efforts to build institutional mechanisms to oversee cross-strait political negotiations and the inking of cross-strait pacts were vital to future cross-strait interactions and Taiwan's security and wellbeing.

That is why amendments to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area are being considered, to better design national defense, he said.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Flor Wang)
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