The Taiwanese authorities on Wednesday September 11th warned citizens against travelling to Hong Kong and China after Chinese police detained a person from Taiwan on state security charges, Reuters reported.
Lee Meng-chu, an adviser from a small town in Taiwan, had been missing since August 19th after travelling to Shenzhen in southern China. China says that Meng-chu faces charges of “engaging in criminal acts that endanger state security”.
Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party strongly condemned the arrest of Meng-chu, urging citizens “to avoid visiting Hong Kong and China due to tough internal situations," Taiwan's ruling party said in a statement.
"If you have to visit these areas, you must pay serious attention to safety and report whereabouts to your families and friends at all times," the party said.
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said that it has not been informed about the whereabouts of Lee or the charges he faces and urged Beijing to give a “full explanation”.
Tensions between Beijing and Taiwan have risen as the former accuses the latter of backing the anti-government Hong Kong protests that have lasted for months and as Beijing considers self-ruled Taiwan as part of China, vowing to bring it under its control by any means.