Rebiya Kadeer the businesswoman and East Turkestan independence movement (ETIM) activist was once refused a visa to visit Taiwan when in Malaysia. Now with the change of administration, the Taiwan Solidarity Union has officially invited Kadeer to Taiwan. Kadeer accepted the invitation. Her visit is scheduled for March, but Tsai Ing-wen may still accede to pressure from China.
President of the separatist World Uyghur Congress, Rebiya Kadeer, who had previously been refused a visa to visit Taiwan, may now do so with the change of administration. On Dec. 27, the Taiwan Solidarity Union officially issued an invitation to Kadeer to visit Taiwan, through the Japanese Uyghur Association. On Jan. 9, Kadeer sent an official acceptance and plans to visit in March.
==LIU YI-DE Taiwan Solidarity Union Chair==
I'm very happy to be able to officially invite Rebiya Kadeer and that she is able to come to Taiwan at such short notice. If the government does not extend a helping hand then at least they should open up for civic groups, for the Taiwan public, to have contact.
Kadeer has made a documentary in which she congratulated Tsai Ing-wen on becoming president and expressed hope for the opportunity to visit, approved by the Tsai administration. The TSU will apply to the relevant bodies after the Lunar New Year for the visit.
==REBIYA KADEER President, East Turkestan Independence Movement ==
I received the invitation from the Taiwan Solidarity Union and I thank them for it. I hope that the Taiwan government will allow me to fulfill my wish to visit Taiwan and meet with everyone in Taiwan. I wish you all successful work and good health.
==ILHAM MAHMUT Japan Uyghur Association==
The Democratic Progressive Party has come to power and I think they have not changed their ideas, so this time I am very optimistic about Rebiya Kadeer's visit to Taiwan.
At Kaohsiung's 2009 film festival, Kaohsiung City Mayor, Chen Chu invited Kadeer to chair the festival, but due to pressure from China, this was denied. With the current freeze in cross-strait relations, the Straits Exchange Foundation Chair Tien Hung-mao asked the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits President Chen Deming to visit Jinmen in a conciliatory gesture. Kadeer's Taiwan visit may touch a nerve in the cross-strait relationship and it remains to be seen if Tsai's government will approve the visit.
TRANSLATED BY：CLARE LEAR
記者 李曉儒 邱福財 台北報導