Taiwan activist says he did forced labor in China

STORY: Li Ming-che, a community college lecturer and activist at a human rights non-governmental organization in Taiwan, disappeared while visiting China in 2017. Later that year, a Chinese court found him guilty of subversion. He was released from jail and returned to Taiwan last month.

Speaking to reporters in Taipei, Li said he was forced to make clothing including shoes and gloves during his time in jail, working 11-12 hours a day with few days off, while not being allowed to speak to most other prisoners. Li said he was neither tortured nor beaten but that he had considered himself to have been "kidnapped" by the Chinese government.

Beijing maintains that Taiwan is part of China and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under its control, while democratic Taiwan has shown no interest in being governed by the Communist Party rulers in Beijing.

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