The Straits Times
Published on Sep 01, 2012

China dissident Chen accepts Taiwan visit invitation


TAIPEI (AFP) - Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has accepted an invitation to visit Taiwan, Taiwanese lawmakers said on Saturday, in a move likely to anger China.

"Chen gladly accepts our invitation and plans to make the visit no later than the summer next year since he is currently working on several projects," lawmaker Lin Shih-chia told AFP after meeting with Mr Chen in New York.

Mr Chen is expected to address Taiwan's parliament as well as meet with local human rights and legal groups in a visit accompanied by his family, Mr Lin said, adding that details are yet to be finalised.

Mr Lin Chia-lung, another lawmaker who also visited the activist, said the trip will be hosted by civil groups in a bid to reduce "unnecessary reactions".