Like most people in the United States, we were very saddened to read about the death of Liu Xiaobo [“An empty chair, and a life filled with peaceful fury,” front page, July 14]. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Mr. Liu was a fighter for human rights. He did not achieve in his lifetime his dreams for China to become a full democracy, but we have no doubt “the torch he carried high will be passed on,” as Wen Kejian, a fellow writer, said [“Fellow writer says Liu Xiaobo became ‘a monument to morality and justice,’ ” news, July 14].
Mr. Liu’s lifelong beliefs are the core values we live by in Taiwan, namely an abiding respect for human rights and due process of law. We call for the immediate release of Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese national and human rights activist who has been imprisoned by Chinese authorities since March.
In these dark hours, Mr. Liu’s humanity shines. As we mourn his tragic death, we also honor his hope that one day soon his homeland may become a place where freedom flourishes.
Stanley Kao, Washington
The writer is a representative of the
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.