By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former President Lee Teng-hui was highly likely to attend the May 20 inauguration of President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, a top aide to the former head of state said Wednesday.
Lee, who governed Taiwan from 1988 to 2000 as he became the island’s first-ever directly elected president in 1996, is already 93 and has been struggling with occasional bouts of bad health, though he has also visited Japan several times.
Lee’s office manager, Wang Yen-chun, said Wednesday that the former president would wait until he received the official invitation before making a decision, but at the moment he was “leaning toward going.”
Even though Lee chaired the Kuomintang in the 1990s, Tsai at the time was credited with helping him draft the “special state-to-state relations” doctrine about relations between Taiwan and China. [FULL STORY]