A Taiwanese scholar who has been missing since entering China last year is being investigated on suspicion of activities endangering national security, Chinese state media reported Wednesday.

Tsai Chin-shu, head of an association that promotes relations between Beijing and Taipei, disappeared in July 2018 after travelling to the east coast city of Xiamen, Fujian province, according to Taiwanese media.

Tsai Chin-shu
Tsai Chin-shu. Photo: Facebook.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, disclosed on Wednesday that Tsai was being investigated “for suspected activities endangering national security”, according to the China News Service.

Tsai is the chairman of the South Taiwan Cross-Strait Relations Association.

It is the second such case to come to light in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, Beijing confirmed that Lee Meng-chu — a Taiwanese man who went missing after crossing into China from Hong Kong in August — was being investigated for activities that endanger state security.

Another Taiwanese man, democracy activist Lee Ming-che, was sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court in November 2017 on charges of subverting state power.

Relations are tense between the Communist-led mainland and the democratically ruled island.

Taiwan has been run as a de facto independent nation for the last seven decades but Beijing sees it as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

Hong Kong Free Press relies on direct reader support. Help safeguard independent journalism and press freedom as we invest more in freelancers, overtime, safety gear & insurance during this summer’s protests. 10 ways to support us.

fundraising fundraise banner

AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology.