Lee Ming-che (Chinese: 李明哲; born 1975) is a Taiwanese pro-democracy activist, detained by Chinese authorities in late March 2017. After Lee entered the domain of China from Macao, he lost the ability to directly contact his family. There have been calls for his immediate release by human rights activists around the world. These include Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, who joined Taiwan's New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang, and former Sunflower Movement leaders to condemn Lee’s continued detention.
A representative of the Chinese government has stated that Lee is under investigation on suspicion of harming national security. Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), has said in a press conference that Lee is "currently in good physical condition".
Lee’s wife, Lee Ching-yu, called on Beijing to immediately release him, and to clarify the charges brought against him and ensure his rights. Lee has previously used social media to promote the success of Taiwan's democracy to 'at least 100 people' in communist China. On this occasion, he had gone to China to arrange for his mother-in-law's medical treatment. In an effort to find her husband, Lee Ching-yu booked a flight from Taiwan to China on 10 April, however she has been banned from entering China by its Ministry of Public Security.
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