By Erik Crouch
If Taiwan was hoping to avoid a religious-rights confrontation with China by refusing the Dalai Lama earlier this week, their hopes may be dashed by the thousands of Falun Gong members who have gathered in Taipei. The “2012 Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference” featured close to 6,000 practitioners arranging themselves before the Presidential Palace to display religious text and a swastika.
Although Taipei has good relations with Falun Dafa practitioners, there have been concerns that the increasing power of Chinese media companies operating in Taiwan will begin to influence the country’s reporting on religious rights. In China, “Falun Gong” joins “Tiananmen” and “Tibet” as the most censored words on the internet.