A resident of Taiwan, Lee Ming-che, is under investigation on suspicion of endangering national security, a Chinese mainland official said Wednesday.
"Developments of the investigation, in line with judicial process, will be disclosed in a timely fashion," Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, told a press conference. "The mainland will protect the legitimate rights and interests of all Taiwan residents who come to the mainland as long as they abide by regulations and laws."
"We will not impose restrictions on Taiwan compatriots without legal grounding," Ma added.
Ma also mentioned a document issued in December 2016 that stipulated the special arrangement for the use of probation and community correction for Taiwan residents standing trial on the mainland.
Ma noted that such arrangements were meant to protect Taiwan compatriots' rights.
The Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one China, and "Taiwan independence" can never be allowed, according to a Chinese mainland spokesman on Wednesday.
"We resolutely oppose Taiwan engaging in military and official exchanges of any form with countries having diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China," said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, at a press conference.
A Chinese mainland spokesperson Wednesday called on Taiwan to release several detained fishermen and their boat as soon as possible.