Taipei--Former President Ma Ying-jeou (???) on Sunday called on China to allow family members of detained Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che (???) to visit him and realize its promise to "govern the country according to law."
Ma made his call on a Facebook post on the 28th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen Massacre, reiterating his proposal that Taiwan should never enter into unification talks with China until it has rehabilitated the victims of the tragedy.
"At this juncture, we must not ignore the case of Lee Ming-che," a Taiwanese human rights and democracy activist who has been detained by China since March 2017 on charges of attempting to overthrow the "state," Ma said.
However serious the allegations, Lee should be given assurances of his personal safety in accordance with Chinese law, and the chance of legal investigation and trial -- as well as a chance for his family to visit him as soon as possible, Ma wrote.
On his view of how to remember the June 4, 1989 tragedy, in which thousands of protesting civilians were brutally suppressed, Ma said that since he became Taipei mayor in 1998, he has called for Beijing to address the pain and suffering of the victims and their families, without which Taiwan should never begin talks with it over possible unification.
"My attitude toward this matter has never changed," he said, noting that over the past 28 years, he has always issued a statement on the eve of the anniversary, urging China to use Taiwan's experience in addressing the "228" tragedy and the "white terror" period to heal historical wounds.
Even after his eight years as president, during which 23 accords with China were signed, and his historic meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2015, in which they both reaffirmed that the "1992 consensus" should be the political foundation for cross-strait relations, Ma said his view about the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre has never changed.
"May the victims' souls rest in peace. The Chinese people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait will never forget their contributions to the democracy movement in mainland China," he said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel