Wang Dan sorry for criticizing the NIA

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff — Chinese dissident Wang Dan made a formal apology in his Facebook page yesterday for the misunderstanding concerning his entrance into Taiwan. Wang clarified that his being held up by a Taiwan air carrier while getting aboard a passenger jet in the U.S. had nothing to do with the National Immigration Agency (NIA). Wang, one of the most well-known exiled June 4 Chinese student leaders, blamed the NIA in his Facebook earlier for delaying his boarding of an Eva Airways passenger jet bound for Taiwan from Los Angeles, early morning on Feb. 27. He said he was asked by the Eva Airways staff at Los Angeles airport to present “relevant documents” before boarding. The standoff lasted for about half an hour before a vice president of the airline cleared the matter with the NIA in Taipei. Wang subsequently criticized the NIA for the confusion and the delay. He said that there was never extra terms attached to his entry permits during his more than 20 previous trips to Taiwan. However, Wang changed his statements, saying he did not notice the requirement on his entry permit until now. He made an apology to the NIA. He explained that he was never held up on any of previous trips to Taiwan before and that was the reason he did not notice the terms stipulated in the entry regulations. According to the rules, mainland Chinese planning to visit Taiwan are required to present mainland Chinese passports or permits issued to mainland residents upon getting aboard planes flying to Taiwan.

Wang reached Taiwan at 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 as a visiting history professor at the National Cheng Kung University in southern Tainan City. He started using Facebook in mid-2009 to communicate with friends and followers.