Former President Lee Teng-hui dies thanks to democratization in Taiwan

Former President Lee Teng-hui dies at 9:24 p.m. on July 30

Former President Lee Teng-hui, known as a pro-Japanese family, died at a hospital in Taipei, where he was hospitalized, shortly after 8 p.m. Japan time. He was 97 years old.
Former President Lee Teng-hui was born in 1923 in Taiwan under Japanese rule. I entered the faculty of agriculture at Kyoto University and joined the former Japanese Army during the Pacific War, and the war ended in Japan.

After returning to Taiwan and working as a researcher, he became a politician, and in 1988, following the death of then-President Chiang Jingguo, he became the first person from Taiwan to become president.

During his tenure, he promoted democratization, including reform of the parliamentary system, and actively engaged in diplomacy to increase Taiwan’s presence in the international community, and the United States visited the United States for the first time informally.

In 1996, he was elected as the first presidential election by direct vote of the residents.

The United States sent an aircraft carrier and tensions in the Taiwan Strait rose quickly because China strongly condemned president Lee’s move as “a movement of Taiwan independence” and repeated threats by force, including missile exercises near Taiwan.

President Lee is known as a pro-Japanese family, and after retiring as president in 2000, he frequently visits Japan for the purpose of treating illness and cultural exchange, and gives lectures in various places.

In the past few years, I have been meeting political officials mainly at my home in Taipei, but in February, I was taken to a hospital from my home because I was sick, and have been hospitalized since then.

According to the hospital where President Lee was hospitalized, he died shortly after 8:20 p.m. on the 30th of Japan time. He was 97 years old.