Several Taiwanese traveling to China in recent weeks have encountered unfair treatment. According to the Mainland Affairs Council, agents are questioning religious figures and businesspeople about their political leanings. Starting in July, China will implement the latest changes to its national security law, allowing agents to search people’s phones and other electronic devices.

Wang Ting-yu
Legislator (DPP)
For example, adherents of the I-Kuan Tao religion have been detained simply for carrying a brochure promoting vegetarianism. Party members have also been stopped and questioned about their politics. These are all unpredictable risks. It’s a violation of human rights once any government has this kind of power to do as it pleases. We strongly advise against nonessential visits to dangerous countries. If you have no choice but to go, I suggest that you first get your affairs in order back home.

Chen Kuan-ting
Legislator (DPP)
If you’ve criticized China in the past, you could be falsely charged or interrogated at any time as the government doesn’t observe human rights.

Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Liang Wen-chieh earlier confirmed that a tour group traveler had been detained in China due to their former profession. Even though they no longer work in the field, they still became the first member of a Taiwanese tour group to be held by investigators. On social media, photographer Lin Jaihang revealed that he was taken in for questioning while attending the Nanjing Art Book Fair last month, and was even subjected to a full-body strip search.

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