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Taiwan Plans State Funeral for Ex-President Lee Teng-hui Labelled as ‘Sinner’ by Mainland Media

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FILE PHOTO: Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui waves to the gang exterior the presidential palace in Taipei Could 20 after his successor, Chen Shui-bian, was sworn in as Taiwan’s subsequent president./File Photograph Vice President William Lai will lead a committee […]

FILE PHOTO: Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui waves to the crowd outside the presidential palace in Taipei May 20 after his successor, Chen Shui-bian, was sworn in as Taiwan's next president./File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui waves to the gang exterior the presidential palace in Taipei Could 20 after his successor, Chen Shui-bian, was sworn in as Taiwan’s subsequent president./File Photograph

Vice President William Lai will lead a committee to organise the funeral and the federal government has ordered flags to fly at half mast throughout the island.

  • Reuters Taipei
  • Final Up to date: July 31, 2020, 12:10 PM IST

The Taiwanese authorities on Friday stated it can maintain a state funeral for former President Lee Teng-hui, a determine revered on the island for ending autocratic rule however branded by mainland Chinese language state media as a “nationwide sinner”.

Dubbed “Mr. Democracy” for ushering freewheeling pluralism and defying China’s drive to soak up an island it regards as a wayward province, Lee died late on Thursday aged 97 in Taipei.

Vice President William Lai will lead a committee to organise the funeral and the federal government has ordered flags to fly at half mast throughout the island.

A venue shall be arrange for the general public to pay their respects in Taipei, the Presidential Workplace stated. The date of the funeral has not been determined, it stated.

“We need to present our respect to former president Lee, who ushered the nation’s new period of democracy and pluralism,” Presidential Workplace spokesman Alex Huang advised reporters.

World leaders provided condolences, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praising Lee for laying Taiwan’s basis for liberty in addition to boosting Japan-Taiwan relations.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to as Lee a vital participant in reworking Taiwan right into a “beacon of democracy”.

“We are going to honour President Lee’s legacy by persevering with to strengthen our bond with Taiwan and its vibrant democracy,” he stated in an announcement.

Responding to Lee’s dying, Zhu Fenglian, spokeswoman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Workplace, in an announcement stated Taiwan independence is a “lifeless finish” and nationwide unification is “unstoppable”.

Extensively learn Chinese language state-backed tabloid the World Instances labelled Lee a “traitor” for being the “godfather of Taiwan secessionism”.

“Lee’s dying is certainly not unhappy information to most individuals within the Chinese language mainland,” the newspaper printed in an opinion piece late on Thursday.

“His picture as a nationwide sinner won’t ever be modified within the historical past of China, and the separatists of the island can by no means change the historic development that Taiwan will ultimately be reunified with the mainland.”

Lee’s biggest act of defiance was turning into Taiwan’s first democratically elected president in 1996, achieved with a landslide vote following eight months of intimidating battle video games by Beijing in waters across the island.

Beijing has not renounced the usage of drive to deliver Taiwan below its management and has stepped up threatening army exercise close to the island in current months.


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