Taipei, March 26 (CNA) Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), the wife of Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who is in jail in China, departed for Changsha Monday to visit her husband after receiving a single-entry travel permit from Beijing.
Lee is set to visit her husband in Chishan Prison, Hunan Province on Tuesday.
A Chinese court on Nov. 28, 2017 sentenced Lee Ming-che to five years in prison and deprivation of political rights for a further two years on charges of subverting state power.
After hearing the ruling, Lee said in court he would not pursue an appeal.
Lee Ching-yu said at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Monday morning that she is visiting the prison to convey the family’s support and good wishes to her husband.
Lee Ming-Che’s mother, Kuo Hsiu-chin (郭秀秦), did not go with Lee Ching-yu on this occasion.
China informed Lee Ching-yu through a China-based Taiwanese business association on March 22 that it would issue a one-off document allowing her to enter China after her previous application was rejected because she did not have a valid Mainland Travel Permit (台胞證), needed by Taiwanese citizens to visit China.
Lee Ching-yu is being accompanied by an official from Taiwan’s semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), which handles relations with China, according to an SEF official.
The visit is scheduled for Tuesday and Lee Ching-yu is set to return to Taiwan Wednesday, the SEF official said.
Meanwhile, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan’s top agency in charge of China policy, said it has also arranged for a Taiwanese business association in Changsha to provide assistance during her trip.
It has communicated with China through a formal cross-strait channel to ensure Lee Ching-yu’s access to visit her husband in prison and the security of Lee and her companions while in China, the MAC added.
(By Wu Jui-chi and Evelyn Kao)