By Beth Main.
On Tuesday a Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioner, who was recently detained in China, called on the US to pay greater attention to China’s treatment of Falun Gong practitioners and to publicly ask the CCP to stop persecuting the Falun Gong community.
Chung Ting-pang was arrested at Ganzhou airport in June and held for 54 days until he confessed, under duress, to aiding Falun Gong practitioners in Mainland China. The South China Morning Post reports that:
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said that Chung was freed after he confessed and showed remorse on charges of endangering national security, although Chung said the statement was made under duress.
Chung said that he was interrogated about sending television equipment to Falun Gong practitioners in the mainland, although he insisted that his visit was to see family in Jiangxi province.
He told a panel of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China in Washington that he was the 17th Taiwanese Falun Gong follower targeted in China and that China is starting to take its battle with Falun Gong overseas to Taiwan.
Taiwan is tolerant of Falun Gong practitioners, who can often be found sat outside universities and major tourist sights promoting Falun Gong and denouncing the CCP. Members of the sect recently held a demonstration outside the Presidential Palace.
China on the other hand, views Falun Gong as a dangerous cult; the group was officially banned in 1999 after authorities deemed it to be a threat to public order after a dramatic demonstration by practitioners in Beijing.