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NIA assists with medical visit of China dissident Wang Dan

TAIPEI--Taiwan's National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Sunday that it is working with other government agencies to deal with the case of exiled Chinese dissident Wang Dan, who is hoping to be allowed to enter Taiwan to receive medical treatment.

Wang, who is now in the United States, expressed hope in recent Facebook posts that he could return to Taiwan soon to have tests done to find the cause of the dizziness he has suffered for a couple of months.

Worried that he might have a brain tumor, Wang said he wanted to be examined in Taiwan, where he is covered by national health insurance, because medical costs are relatively low compared with those in the U.S.

He is covered under the health insurance program because he is a visiting professor at Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University.

Wang, a U.S. green card holder, said he is currently applying to renew a travel document issued by U.S. authorities that ensures his re-entry into the U.S.

That document is required for Wang to enter and leave Taiwan because he does not have a valid passport, the NIA said.

Other required documents include a travel permit issued by Taiwanese authorities, which Wang has, according to local media.

The agency said it has been in contact with Wang and is working with other related agencies to deal with the case and find a way to help Wang come to Taiwan for medical assistance.

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