Comment for “Taiwanese Editor Lost Contact After Visit to China, Possibly Detained, Published Books Criticizing the Communist Party” [in Japanese]

On April 24, 2023, Asahi Shimbun introduced a comment by Professor Maiko Ichihara, GGR researcher and professor of the Graduate School of Law at Hitotsubashi University. The professor commented on the article “Taiwanese Editor Lost Contact After Visit to China, Possibly Detained, Publishing Books Criticizing the Communist Party.” This article outlines the case of a Taiwan resident who was arrested in China. He was the editor-in-chief of Eight Banners Culture, a publisher of a book on the history of the Uyghur Autonomous Region in China and overseas propaganda efforts exerted by the Chinese Government. Professor Ichihara commented that this incident indicates the Chinese Communist Party’s intensified control over the media beyond mainland China. Citing instances of Hong Kong residents critical of the Chinese government fleeing to Taiwan, the professor stated that the CCP may be cautious about the connections between Hong Kong and Taiwanese media personnel and their influence on mainland China.