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The Father of Modern Taiwan and Ex-President Lee Teng-hui Passed Away
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The Father of Modern Taiwan and Ex-President Lee Teng-hui Passed Away

Former President Lee Teng-hui has died in Taiwan in the Far East. He was 97. In the 1990s, he transformed his country from a dictatorship to a democracy and was also Taiwan's first "native" president.   Lee Teng-hui was 97 and died in a hospital in the capital, Taipei. Current President Tsai Ing-wen speaks of a "great loss to the country," highlighting Lee's dominant role in the democratization of Taiwan. However, Lee was initially part of the authoritarian regime of former President Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist Kuomintang (KMT). He was vice president under his son Chiang Ching-kuo, and when he passed away in 1988, Lee Teng-hui automatically became president of what is officially called the Republic of China; we know that as Taiwan. That was - and still is - one of the most mode...