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Taiwan must not use suspect arrest to disturb cross-Strait relations: academics

BEIJING, May 27 -- Academics on the Chinese mainland have said that Taiwan should not disturb cross-Strait relations by amplifying the influence of the mainland's arrest of Taiwan resident Lee Ming-che.

"Investigation by national security organs showed that Lee has violated the 105th clause of the criminal law," said Li Weiyi, a Taiwan affairs professor with Beijing Union University.

"It is not allowed (for anybody) to violate the mainland's law and harm national security at any time," the professor said.

Lee has been arrested on suspicion of "subverting state power" by the Hunan provincial security organ, the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said Friday.

The investigation showed he had colluded with mainlanders, stipulated action guidelines, established illegal organizations, and plotted and carried out activities to subvert state power, according to the office.

"All people are equal before the law and there was sufficient evidence to prove that Lee is suspected of violating the criminal law," said Zhang Wensheng, a professor at the Taiwan Research Institute of Xiamen University.

"It is immoral for some people in Taiwan to exert pressure on cross-Strait relations by concealing Lee's criminal activities under the pretext of human rights," Zhang said.

Li said that Lee's case was an isolated one and would not impede the overall development of cross-Strait relations.

"It is the Democratic Progressive Party administration's refusal to recognize the 1992 Consensus that has impeded the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and undermined cross-Strait political foundation," Li said.

He also said that the legal rights and interests of Taiwan compatriots on the mainland were protected by law.