Lee Ming-che has been held by the Chinese government for 60 days. Taiwan has called on China to release him many times, but there has been no response. Lee's wife has decided to ask the US for help. On May 18, she appeared at a U.S. House of Representatives committee hearing to ask for assistance.
On May 18, Lee Ching-yu and three other women whose husbands are being held by China, appeared together at a U.S. House of Representatives global human rights subcommittee hearing. Lee said she had no choice but to ask the US for help.
==LEE CHING-YU Lee Ming-che's wife==
I think Lee's detention has had a chilling effect on Taiwan's NGO workers. I hope the United States will show serious concern for because in the future NGOs from any country are likely to face danger in China.
Congressman Chris Smith Chair of the sub-committee believes that US president Trump needs to show some strength to China. Smith requested that Trump and Vice President Pence meet with the women. Lee has now been held by China for 60 days and on what charges and for how much longer are both unclear. China has not notified Lee's relatives and neither the government's Mainland Affairs Council nor the private Straits Exchange Foundation have had any information. On May 19, domestic NGO groups invited representatives, both academics and politicians, to a meeting to show solidarity.
==CHENG HSIU-CHUAN Principal, Wenshan Community College==
We are still discussing if there should be some system to boycott Chinese brands
== CHIU YI-LING Sec-Gen., Taiwan Human Rights Assn.==
This isn't the first case, and won't be the last. So the Taiwan government needs to consider how to establish a response system so they can handle any other cases like this.
Human rights groups say this time Lee Ching-yu was more low key about her trip to the US, as China had put a lot of pressure on the three other women whose husbands were held and the subcommittee hearing almost did not go ahead. However, after negotiations it was held as scheduled. Lee now plans to ask for international assistance from Europe.
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