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Lee Laments Supporting DPP’s Chen – China Post

From The China Post: Former President Lee Teng-hui openly voiced his dissatisfaction with the poor administration performance of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, saying that “we ourselves are being punished for electing the wrong person as [president].” Lee made the remarks during a seminar with young people at the Grand Taipei Hotel yesterday afternoon. Although […]

The Father of Taiwanese Identity – Hugo Restall

From Far Eastern Economic Review: There are no paparazzi visible on the hillside above Lee Teng-hui‘s home in the Shihlin suburb of Taipei, but his aide points out where they stake out the house with their long lenses. While the former president is officially retired”two golf bags stand ready by the carport”he remains a political […]

Former Taiwan President Lee Says Island `Independent’ – Hiroshi Suzuki

From Bloomberg: Taiwan is an independent nation and should strive to free itself from China’s influence, former President Lee Teng-hui said on the last day of a trip to Japan. “Taiwan has been independent, and the Taiwanese people have the clear belief that it is theirs,” Lee, 84, told reporters in Tokyo today. “Taiwan should […]

An Awkward Visitor For Tokyo And Beijing – Hisane Masaki

From Asia Times Online: Former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui, an arch-foe of the communist rulers in mainland China, will keep both Japanese and Chinese officials on their toes throughout his current 11-day journey to Japan, which comes amid a thaw in relations between Tokyo and Beijing. Lee, 84, arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday, his first […]

Lee dismisses report with a play on words – Flora Wang

From The Taipei Times: Former president Lee Teng-hui (ÊùéÁôªËºù) yesterday said he had never advocated Taiwanese independence because Taiwan is already an independent country. Lee made the remarks in an interview with cable station TVBS yesterday afternoon. The station broadcast the interview last night. “I’ve never advocated things like pursuing Taiwan’s independence in terms of […]

Former Taiwan President Plans Japan Visit in Sept – Reuters

From Reuters via the New York Times: Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui plans to visit Japan next month, a representative of his political party said on Monday, a move likely to upset China because it sees Taiwan as a wayward province. Taiwan’s Chinese-language Liberty Times reported on Monday that Lee would visit Japan at the […]

Return of a democrat – Liu Kin-ming

From The Standard: It took 10 years for the former president of Taiwan, Lee Teng-hui, to visit the United States again. Back in June 1995, the sitting president returned to his alma mater at Cornell University in upstate New York after an absence of 27 years. China responded with a series of missile tests off […]

Lee denounces China as `slave state’

From AFP, via Taipei Times: Former president Lee Teng-hui (ÊùéÁôªËºù) on Friday accused China of running a “slave state” that uses the false promise of its booming economy to dupe the free world into appeasing its tyranny. In an explosive speech in Los Angeles on the last leg of a 13-day US tour that has […]

Lee says China dare not attack – Shih Hsiu-chuan

From The aipei Times: Former President Lee Teng-hui (ÊùéÁôªËºù) said yesterday that China would not dare to attack Taiwan, because the US has deployed eight nuclear submarines in the Pacific Ocean carrying about 2,000 nuclear warheads targeted at China, preventing Beijing from taking military action against its democratic neighbor. Implying that Taiwan is under the […]

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