Taipei, Visiting Chinese scholar Li Yi will be asked to leave Taiwan because he is scheduled to make a public speech, which would not only violate the terms of his entry permit but may cause public unrest, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Thursday.
Li, who allegedly has advocated the use of force to unify Taiwan with China, was invited by the Chinese Unity Promotion Party (CUPP) to speak at a forum titled "Cross-Strait Peaceful Unification and Development," on April 13 in Taichung. In his speech, he was expected to address China's proposal to implement a "one country, two systems" framework in Taiwan.
A Chinese national living abroad, Li applied last August for a multiple entry permit to visit Taiwan for tourism purposes, according to NIA.
In light of his intentions to engage in an activity inconsistent with the purpose of his entry permit, and considering that his pro-unification speech might jeopardize national security and social stability, the permit has been canceled and he will be asked to leave Taiwan, the NIA said, citing the "Regulations Governing the Approval of People of the Mainland Area Visiting Taiwan for Purposes of Tourism."
The NIA said it was trying to reach Li, based on the information provided on his entry forms, and that if he did not agree to leave, he would be forced to do so.
Chiu Chui-cheng spokesperson for the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top China policy-making body, said at a press briefing Thursday that any applications by Li to visit Taiwan in the future will be closely examined.
Li has been declared persona non grata and will be subject to certain restrictions upon entering Taiwan in the future, said the Ministry of the Interior.
When asked about Li's whereabouts, a CUPP member declined to give reporters any information, saying only that the forum will be held as scheduled, whether or not Li is there.
According to Huang Shou-ta a Democratic Progressive Party city councilor in Taichung, Li has advocated the unification of Taiwan and China by force and has said that once the Chinese People's Liberation Army crosses the Taiwan Strait, Taiwanese can forget about the issue of independence.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel