Chinese Dissident Visits Taiwan
Mar. 27, 1999
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Exiled Chinese dissident Wang Dan arrived in Taiwan Saturday for a one-week visit during which he will inaugurate a Web site to commemorate the 1989 democracy protests at Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
Wang, a leader of the student-led protests, was imprisoned after the bloody crackdown on the democracy movement. He was released on medical parole last April on condition he go into exile in the United States.
At Taipei's international airport, Wang was met by Wu'er Kaixi, another exiled Chinese dissident, and the two former protest leaders embraced each other warmly.
Wang told reporters he wanted to learn more about Taiwan's transformation into a free and democratic society.
The United Daily News quoted Wang as saying he is no longer involved in politics and will confine his upcoming Taiwan trip mainly to academic and cultural activities.
His only ``political mission'' in Taiwan is to inaugurate the Web site to commemorate the 1989 protests together with Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou, he told the newspaper.
Wang's visit, at the invitation of Taiwan's Harvard Alumni Association, follows that of Wei Jingsheng, one of the most prominent exiled Chinese democracy leaders, last December.
Taiwan, claimed by China as a breakaway province since the sides split in 1949, has generally given a guarded welcome to Chinese dissidents to avoid provoking Beijing.
But Wei met Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui and other leading politicians here during his visit.