A Chinese Man Smuggled Himself to Taiwan in a Rubber Dinghy for Freedom

A Chinese man smuggled himself to Taiwan in a military-grade rubber dinghy without being detected; the military and police learned about the incident after a member of the public reported it. Taiwan’s Minister of National Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng admitted on May 3 that it was a lapse of the navy and maritime patrol. Some Taiwanese expressed concern about whether there is more to this case than just a simple smuggling case. The 33-year-old Chinese man surnamed Zhou said that he set off from Fujian, China, at 10 a.m. on April 30 and came to Taiwan for freedom. His military-grade rubber dinghy was purchased from China’s online shopping website Taobao, with a motor that he installed. Altogether, it cost him 16,000 yuan (about $2,500). He bought 90 liters (almost 24 gallons) of fuel for the trip. According to Chinese language media reports, he crossed the Taiwan Strait undetected by both PLA …
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