Taiwan, AIT cooperate on Chinese dissident seeking U.S. asylum: MOFA

Taipei-The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has assisted in communication between the National Immigration Agency (NIA) and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to help a Chinese dissident seek political asylum in the United States, an official said Tuesday.

Radio Free Asia reported Jan. 12 that Chinese dissident Wang Rui had arrived in the U.S. seeking asylum after spending four years in Taiwan, while relevant agencies from Taiwan and the U.S. worked together on his case.

Chen Li-kuo, MOFA’s head of the Department of North American Affairs, said during a press conference Tuesday that the ministry played a supporting role in the matter, helping the NIA to work with AIT on the case.

Neither the NIA nor AIT answered inquiries from CNA for more information.

According to the Radio Free Asia report, Wang first came to Taiwan in 2014 to seek asylum but decided in September of 2015 to try to go to the U.S. because Taiwan does not have a refugee law.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council