Taiwanese Man Detained in China Allowed to Return Home

August 11, 2012 3:14 pm Last Updated: October 1, 2015 12:38 pm
Chung Ting-pang (third from left) sitting with family after his release
Chung Ting-pang (third from left) sitting with family after his release. (Taiwanese Straits Exchange Foundation)

A Taiwanese man who was arrested by Chinese security forces in June has been released and returned to his homeland.

He is shown in photographs meeting with family members in Taiwan on Aug. 11.

Parades, public denunciations, and diplomatic pressure had escalated in the less than two months since his arrest, making it increasingly difficult for the Chinese regime to keep holding him.

Chung Ting-pang was detained by Chinese police on June 18 when visiting family in Jiangxi Province; state media Xinhua claimed he had attempted to interrupt radio and television broadcasts, and “incited mainland residents to destroy broadcasting facilities.” 

The charges were refuted by family and supporters, who pointed to what they describe as the Chinese regime’s 13 year campaign to persecute and slander Falun Gong, which has regularly included fabricated accusations of criminal behavior. 

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou’s spokesperson Fan Chiang Tai-chi on Aug. 9 told local media that President Ma is paying close attention to Chung’s case, and that the administrative department should “actively strive” to gain his release. 

Chung Ai, Chung Ting-pang’s daughter, said that her father is already back in their home city of Hsinchu, 90 minutes southwest of the capital Taipei. She said he is emotionally stable, though he has lost a few pounds. He said he will make a public statement about the ordeal in a few days. 

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