Those deemed unwelcome are simply that: unwelcome
The China Post news staffMark Chen, who openly called Singapore a mini-state resembling a piece of snot while he was foreign minister in 2004, has made another gaffe. Now a lawmaker, Chen called a press conference at the Legislative Yuan together with a couple of his Democratic Progressive Party colleagues last Wednesday to blast the Immigration Bureau for restoring efforts to screen people's political thoughts and to blacklist unwelcome visitors, denying them entry to Taiwan. He said that it hurt Taiwan's image as a democracy in the world community.
September 11, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
A life-long Taiwan independence activist, Chen took the Immigration Bureau to task for denying entry to a Japanese advocate for Taiwanese independence. Kenji Tanabe visited Taiwan in 2010 to take part in a demonstration in front of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan to call upon the non-existent U.S. Military Government to reoccupy Taiwan on April 23 and to unfurl a banner calling for the independence of Taiwan atop Mount Morrison on May 12. On Sept. 9, he returned to Taipei again without a visa, but was denied entry and returned to Tokyo after a forced stay overnight at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
As Japanese visitors can enter Taiwan visa-free, Tanabe made an appeal to the Ministry of the Interior which has jurisdiction over the Immigration Bureau, but the appeal was turned down on Aug. 19 this year.
In accusing the government of screening political thoughts and blacklisting unwelcome visitors, however, Chen brought charges against it for allowing Chinese government officials to advertise Beijing's “swallowing up of Taiwan.” He was implying that the Kuomintang government is protecting the freedom of speech of the Chinese Communists, while infringing upon that of Tanabe.
His 2004 gaffe — during which he also accused the Singaporean foreign minister of “tickling testicles,” a local phrase that means currying favor with someone — was just vulgar and unbecoming of a foreign minister, and his accusation on Wednesday was just groundless and frivolous.