Chinese man arrested for 3rd time trying to sneak in


KINMEN — A man from China’s Sichuan Province making his third attempt to sneak into Taiwan was arrested yesterday on Taiwan’s outlying island of Kinmen.

The 38-year-old was caught on Kinmen’s Dadan islet by soldiers stationed there, after he had swum to the islet from the nearby Chinese city of Xiamen.

He was sent to the Kinmen District Prosecutors’ Office after being interrogated by Coast Guard Administration authorities.

The man, who said Taiwan is “free” and “democratic,” was the sixth Chinese person arrested this year for illegally entering Kinmen, authorities said.

He had previously illegally entered Kinmen in 2003 and 2009. He said he was sentenced to five years in prison the first time he was repatriated to China and received a seven-month jail term the second time.