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Taiwan's US envoy has used a letter on Liu Xiaobo to the Washington Post to call for Lee Ming-che's release

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taipei's envoy to Washington has used a letter about Liu Xiaobo in the Washington Post to call for the release of Taiwanese democracy activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲).

In the brief letter, representative Stanley Kao (高碩泰) appears to draw a parallel between China's treatment of Liu, a democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died Thursday, and Lee, who has been held by Chinese authorities since traveling to Macau in March.

"Mr. Liu's lifelong beliefs are the core values we live by in Taiwan, namely an abiding respect for human rights and due process of law."

Liu was imprisoned multiple times throughout his life.

Kao then points to Lee's detainment.

"We call for the immediate release of Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese national and human rights activist who has been imprisoned by Chinese authorities since March."

He concludes: "In these dark hours, Mr. Liu's humanity shines. As we mourn his tragic death, we also honor his hope that one day soon his homeland may become a place where freedom flourishes."

Kao, 64, previously served as Taiwan's envoy to Italy and Hungary.

Shortly after Liu's death, President Tsai Ing-wen posted her own statement to Twitter.

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