By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The issue of courtesy payments to former President Lee Teng-hui will
be on the agenda of the Legislative Yuan next week, according to a committee decision made Tuesday.
The former head of state infuriated Kuomintang legislators last month by repeating his long-standing claim that the disputed Diaoyutai Islands belong to Japan, and not to Taiwan. The group of uninhabited rocks, known in Japan as Senkaku, form part of Yilan County, according to Taipei, while China also lays claim to them.
The push to rescind the payments grew even louder when Lee said that during World War Two, Taiwanese people did not offer resistance against Japan because it was their motherland.
A proposal by KMT legislator Lu Hsueh-chang to end the payments to Lee was listed as the 13th item Tuesday for the new session of the Legislative Yuan, which begins on September 15. [FULL STORY]