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Former Taiwanese president indicted

TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 1 (UPI) -- Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, 88, the island's first democratically elected leader, was indicted on embezzlement charges, prosecutors said.

Analysis: Taiwan defense plans -- Part 1

HONG KONG, July 29 (UPI) -- In light of China's increasing military buildup, Taiwan's strategic security can be guaranteed only under three conditions.
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Taiwan's incoming leader plans junket

TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 26 (UPI) -- Taiwanese President-elect Ma Ying-jeou said he wants to visit Japan, the United States and Singapore before taking office, his party officials said.

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Analysis: Behind the Kitty Hawk spat

HONG KONG, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Ever since former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui put forward his two-state theory in 1996 -- implying that Taiwan and China were separate states -- the U.S. aircraft carrier battle group has quickly made an appearance in Hong Kong whenever tensions arose in the Taiwan Strait.
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Analysis: Balance in Taiwan Straits

HONG KONG, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- During the past seven to 10 years, China’s rapid buildup of military power has tipped the balance in the Taiwan Strait strongly in its favor.
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Taiwan leader's shrine visit miffs China

TOKYO, June 7 (UPI) -- China criticized Japan for allowing former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui to visit Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, which honors those who died in World War II.

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Alaska stopover seen as snub to Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. refusal to grant Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian a stopover in New York on his way to Latin America is the worst snub in 12 years, Taiwan media say.

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Lee Teng-hui (traditional Chinese: 李登輝; simplified Chinese: 李登辉; pinyin: Lǐ Dēnghuī; born 15 January 1923) is a politician of the Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan). He was the 7th, 8th, and 9th-term President of the Republic of China and Chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) from 1988 to 2000. He presided over major advancements in democratic reforms including his own re-election which marked the first direct presidential election for the Republic of China. The first native Taiwanese to become ROC president and KMT chairman, Lee promoted the Taiwanese localization movement and led an aggressive foreign policy to gain diplomatic allies. Critics accused him of betraying the party he headed, secret support of Taiwanese independence, and involvement in corruption (black gold politics).

After leaving office Lee was expelled from the KMT for his role in founding the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), which forms part of the Pan-Green Coalition alongside Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party. (Lee is considered the "spiritual leader" of the TSU.) Lee has been outspoken in support for Taiwanese independence though not necessarily a formal declaration.

Lee was born to a Hakka family in the rural farming community of Sanzhi (Sanshi-kyō), Taipei County (Taihoku, now New Taipei City), Taiwan (under Japanese rule at that time). As a child, he often dreamed of traveling abroad, and became an avid stamp collector. Growing up during the Japanese rule of Taiwan, he developed a strong affinity for Japan. His father was a middle-level Japanese police aide and his brother served and died in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Lee—one of only four Taiwanese students in his high school class—graduated with honors and was given a scholarship to Japan's Kyoto Imperial University, then known as Kyoto Technical School. A lifelong collector of books, Lee was heavily influenced by Japanese thinkers like Nitobe Inazo and Nishida Kitaro in Kyoto. In 1944 he too volunteered for service in the Imperial Japanese Army and became a second lieutenant officer of an anti-aircraft gun in Taiwan. He was ordered back to Japan in 1945 and participated in the clean-up after the great Tokyo firebombing of March, 1945. Lee stayed in Japan after the surrender and graduated from Kyoto University in 1946.

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