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Abe mourns ex-Taiwan President Lee

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday mourned former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui who died the previous day at 97, praising him for fostering relations with Japan.

"President Lee Teng-hui made great contributions to enhancing friendly ties between Japan and Taiwan," Abe told reporters at the prime minister's office.

"The president's death is truly regrettable and I pray for his soul from the bottom of my heart," Abe said, adding that Lee advanced freedom, democracy and human rights in Taiwan.

Lee, who had been in a coma since Feb. 17, was pronounced dead at 7:24 p.m. Thursday at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. The hospital gave the cause of death as multiple organ failure.

Lee, who ruled from 1988 to 2000, played a key role in the self-ruled island's democratization. He grew up under Japanese rule in Taiwan, which lasted from 1895 to 1945, and was known for his affinity for Japan.

"Japanese people have special feelings of closeness to him as a person who built the foundation of Japan-Taiwan relations," Abe said.

China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province awaiting reunification, has continued to loom large behind the Japan-Taiwan relationship.

When Japan normalized diplomatic relations with China in 1972, it severed ties with Taiwan. Over the years, Japan has developed nongovernmental, working-level relations and the Asian neighbors now enjoy close economic ties and increased people-to-people exchanges.

Asked about the possibility of sending a representative to Lee's funeral, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference that the government has no plans to do so.

Abe has been treading carefully in dealing with China and Taiwan, while its longtime security ally the United States ramps up pressure on Beijing.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Lee helped end decades of authoritarianism and usher in a new era of economic prosperity, openness and the rule of law.

"During his 12-year tenure, Lee's bold reforms played a crucial role in transforming Taiwan into the beacon of democracy we see today," Pompeo said in a statement, adding that the United States will honor his legacy and strengthen bonds with Taiwan.

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Watch the CCPs response to this. It ought to be interesting.

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RIP.....A great leader and may Taiwan soon become a full fledged independent Republic free of Chinese threats of aggression.

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Asked about the possibility of sending a representative to Lee's funeral, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference that the government has no plans to do so.

In other words: We respect Lee and Taiwan so much that we won't bother sending anyone to his funeral.

Shame on you, Abe, shame on you.

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"Shame on you, Abe, shame on you."

Eh, the mutual histories of China, Japan and Taiwan are complicated. Nobody knows what may or may not have been communicated privately in diplomatic channels. There may have been threats made by China. We don't know. Sometimes it's better not to push ones luck with adversaries. Save it for a more appropriate time.

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Abe exhibits a nation of split identity despite the Chinese bombardment of fishing boats as well as government and/or military ships in the recent weeks. This reminds me of Neville Chamberlain's appeasemnet of the Germany Nazi in the 30s. Lee Teng-Hui knew enough about CCP, which has blatantly broken its legalobligation to abide by two-system-and-one country with high degree of anutonomy. Covenants or contracts count little. Requiescat in pace.請安息

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His Wikipedia status read:

2nd lieutenant with the Imperial Japan Army from 1944-1946

then straight to be a member of the China Communist Party from 1946-1948

then as President of the Republic of China under Kuomintang then supports the Opposition after he lost the Presidency...

wow, He just have to be on the side of the party in power.

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FreshmeatToday  03:40 pm JST

> then as President of the Republic of China under Kuomintang then supports the Opposition after he lost the Presidency...

You must be kinda eating da-kine old meat!

LTH never lost an election ! Instead he's responsible for the peaceful transfer of power when the DPP's Chen defeated the KMT's Lien.

Ya sound like a fan of the Communist Party of China.

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"During his 12-year tenure, Lee's bold reforms played a crucial role in transforming Taiwan into the beacon of democracy we see today," Pompeo said in a statement, adding that the United States will honor his legacy and strengthen bonds with Taiwan.

Yet Mickey Pompeo still adamantly refuses to personally go to Taiwan to convey the American peoples respect for the late President LTH but won't hesitate to go to Beijington to shake the hands of Chairman XI or go to Pyongyang to watch a basketball game with Comrade Kim and Dennis Rodman!

What a shame!

Hope that such an attitude doesn't signal the start of the decline of the USA.

Trump should replace Pompeo with Clint Eastwood to MAGA!

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Asked about the possibility of sending a representative to Lee's funeral, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference that the government has no plans to do so.

The Japanese people should demand that Suga himself go to Taipei as the representative of all the citizens of Nippon .

Failin to do so means that the Bushido Spirit and the Samurai Spirit is no longer part of the Japanese inner persona but already one that is a puppet of China.

PM Abe must use his much vaunted strategy of using his civilian capacity to go to Taiwan and say his final farewell not only to a personal friend but to a father figure to all Japanese and even the Ryukyuan people.

If he can do it in Yasukuni then why not in Taipei?

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If I were in Taiwan, I wouldn't anyone coming from Japan or USA. Taiwan doesn't need anyone to bring the virus. They're doing fine.

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My deepest sympathy.

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2nd lieutenant with the Imperial Japan Army from 1944-1946

then straight to be a member of the China Communist Party from 1946-1948

then as President of the Republic of China under Kuomintang

Graduated Kyoto University.

PhD Cornell University.

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freshmeat:

He sounds like a 八方美人. Never trust those types.

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