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Tiananmen student leader vows to try again to return to China

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Leading Tiananmen political dissident Wu'er Kaixi, who tried in vain to enter Macau in hopes of going to China to see his aging parents, said after he was forced to return to Taiwan Thursday that his attempts to go home will not cease.

Wu'er Kaixi, now Taiwan citizen, said upon arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport around 3 p.m. that he had been detained at the Macau airport since Wednesday evening when immigration officials refused to let him enter.

He spent the night at the Macau customs office and was put aboard a flight for Taiwan around noon Thursday.

Wu'er Kaixi, one of the most well-known leaders of the 1989 pro-democracy student movement in Beijing and No. 2 on China's most wanted list of student leaders after its bloody crackdown against demonstrators on June 4, 1989, said that since he is a fugitive to Beijing, he chose Wednesday to turn himself in at China's liaison office in Macau.

But he was rejected by Chinese-ruled Macau, a former Portuguese colony which returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1999.

"Is China a 'big country' with confidence by ousting me irrationally when I tried to turn myself in? " Wu'er Kaixi asked Beijing when he arrived at Taoyuan airport and was interviewed by reporters.

He asked President Ma Ying-jeou, who has adopted a China-friendly policy since taking office a year ago: "Is now the time for him, as president of the Republic of China, to speak favorably for China?"

He also asked the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) to take advantage of the dialogue platform it has with the Communist Party of China (CPC) and to do him a favor by asking Beijing to let him go home.

Noting that he had not returned to Beijing and seen his family for 20 years, he said "my homecoming effort will not cease as long as I live."

Wu'er Kaixi, who fled to the United States after the 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing, has been living in Taiwan for years, working as the manager of an overseas investment company's Taiwan office. He is married to his Taiwanese schoolmate from the Dominican University in California.

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