A Hong Kong bookseller who defied mainland China has reopened his bookshop in Taiwan.
Lam Wing-kee was one of five booksellers detained in 2015 after selling material critical of the political elite on China’s mainland.
He fled to Taiwan last year for fear he would be sent back to China under Hong Kong’s proposed extradition bill.
The authorities there say the reopening of the bookshop is a symbol of democracy and freedom in Taiwan.
“The reopening is very meaningful,” Mr Lam told reporters in the new store in the capital, Taipei.
“Causeway Bay Books was destroyed by China through violent means. The reopening proves Taiwan is a place with freedom and democracy, and we still have the right to read books,” he added.
Mr Lam had said he wanted a low-key opening because of Covid-19, but his small bookstore on the 10th floor of a building in a popular commercial district of Taipei was crowded with journalists and supporters, as well as flowers and a message from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, rep