White House, Cornell University praise Lee Teng-hui

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 02, 2020
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporters

The text “Mourning former president Lee” is displayed over 59th and 60th floors on Taipei 101 on Friday.  
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

The White House in a statement on Friday marked the passing of former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), while Lee’s alma mater Cornell University issued an obituary remembering his academic achievements and his 1995 speech during a visit to the campus.

It followed a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo marking Lee’s contributions to Taiwan’s democratization.

Lee died due to septic shock and multiple organ failure in Taipei on Thursday evening. He was 97.

The White House statement said that “President Lee was Taiwan’s first popularly elected leader and stepped down in adherence to term limits. President Lee was the architect of Taiwan’s modern democratic system, which today serves as a shining example of citizen-centric governance for the region and the world.”    [FULL  STORY]

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