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Only 15% satisfied with handling of detained NGO worker

2017-04-21

Less than 15% of Taiwan’s public is satisfied with the government’s efforts to free an NGO worker detained by China. That’s according to a survey released Friday by the Taiwan Brain Trust, a think tank affiliated with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

 

Lee Ming-che from Taipei has been detained by Chinese authorities after crossing into mainland China from Macau in the middle of last month. His current condition and whereabouts remain unknown. He is accused of “harming national security” but the exact nature of the charges against him is unknown. Chinese authorities have refused to answer repeated requests of information through multiple official and semi-official channels.

 

The government has reiterated that it is doing all it can to secure Lee’s release. But the survey says that only 14.1% of those polled are satisfied with those efforts, compared to 45% who declared themselves unsatisfied. Meanwhile, nearly two thirds of those surveyed, 64.7% said the incident has affected the state of cross-strait relations.

 

The survey was conducted on April 17 and 18 with 1,068 valid responses. The poll had a confidence level of 95% and a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.