Los Angeles Publisher Arrested and Accused of Anti-Taiwan Propaganda
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ The publisher of a Los Angeles-based Chinese newspaper was arrested today and accused of making propaganda for mainland China, the government here announced.
In a statement, the Government Information Office said Lee Ya-ping, 62, publisher of the Chinese-language International Daily News, had consistently published editorials, columns and news items that supported Peking’s overtures for peaceful reunification of mainland China with Taiwan.
It said Ms. Lee was arrested by the Garrison Command, Taiwan’s chief security agency, but gave no other details.
The statement said a military court was in charge of Ms. Lee’s case. If convicted, she could be sentenced to death under Taiwan’s laws.
The publisher, who has lived in the United States since 1982, returned in April to Taiwan, where she has investments in real estate and commodities.
Ms. Lee is also chairwoman of the International Business College and International Business Senior High School in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan.
The government statement said Ms. Lee had published the full text of an interview she had with Cai Zimin, former Chinese ambassador to the United States.
The statement did not say when the text was published but said it contained Communist propaganda.
It said Ms. Lee also supported communication between Taiwan and the mainland in her articles in the newspaper, which was founded in 1981 and has a circulation of 80,000.
The Nationalist Chinese government, which retreated here after defeat by Communist forces on the mainland in 1949, has rejected Peking’s offers of peaceful reunification, describing them as ″sugar-coated poison.″