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Local held by China over alleged Falun Gong links

TAIPEI--A Taiwanese businessman has been detained by Chinese authorities during a recent visit to the mainland, allegedly because of his connection with the banned Falun Gong sect, his wife said at a news conference yesterday.

Chung Ting-pang, a manager of a Hsinchu-based technology firm, went to Jiangxi Province to visit his half-brother June 15 and was scheduled to take a flight back to Taiwan June 18.

After Chung failed to return home when planned, the family learned that he had been taken into custody by Chinese police to "assist with an investigation into the Falun Gong sect," Chung's wife said.

She said that while Chung is a Falun Gong practitioner, he has not participated in the operations of the organization.

Ma Shaw-chang, vice secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation, said that as soon as the foundation received a complaint from Chung's family on June 19 it requested its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, to help him.

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