SEF urges protection of Falun Gong practitioner


TAIPEI–Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) yesterday urged China to protect the rights of a Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioner detained by Chinese authorities on June 18.

“The foundation and the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) will closely watch the development of the case and maintain contact with mainland China,” Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the foundation, said at a press conference.

Chiang’s remark was in response to a question about the likelihood of Taiwan signing an agreement with China to protect the rights of non-business Taiwanese people there.

The foundation and China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait are scheduled to sign an investment protection pact and a customs cooperation agreement at the eighth round of high-level talks between the two sides on Aug. 9 in Taipei.