China admits detention of Taiwanese human rights advocate

China's Taiwan Affairs Office says that Beijing has detained Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-cheh on charges of involvement in activities threatening national safety. That was the word from the office's spokesman Ma Xiaoguang at a routine press conference Wednesday.

Ma said that Lee is under investigation and is in good health. It was the first news about Lee since he went missing after going to China on March 19.

Lee previously worked for the Democratic Progressive Party and shared information online about Taiwan's transition to democracy with friends in China.

The Mainland Affairs Council says it did not receive any formal report about Lee's detention. It said it would like Beijing to clarify his situation as soon as possible for the sake of his family.

The council also says it will work for Lee's security and judicial rights.

Lee's wife says that she was made aware of his detention on Monday. She says that Lee's health is at risk because he has high blood pressure and does not have enough medicine with him.

Source: Radio Taiwan International