Amidst China tension, India hails Taiwan’s late ‘Mr Democracy’


Written by Shubhajit Roy|New Delhi |

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Lee Teng-hui, Lee Teng-hui death, India on Lee Teng-hui, mr democracy remark, former taiwan president, indian express Lee Teng-hui, who was Taiwan’s President from 1988 to 2000, died Thursday at the age of 97.

Signalling a more proactive political method towards Taiwan, India Friday condoled the death of former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui and called him “Mr Democracy”.

India’s declaration, laced with political overtones, is being viewed as a thinly-veiled message to China at a time when the armies of the 2 nations are in standoff positions along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.

Lee, who was Taiwan’s President from 1988 to 2000, passed away Thursday at the age of 97.

A main declaration by the India Taipei Association, India’s diplomatic objective in Taiwan, stated, “India Taipei Association signs up with individuals of Taiwan in mourning the passing of Taiwan’s ‘Mr. Democracy’, Dr Lee Teng-hui.”


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In line with its One China policy, Delhi has economic and people-to-people ties with Taipei. China’s relocations along the Ladakh frontier have led to calls to recalibrate India’s method, and reinforce ties with Taiwan.

” Dr Lee’s leadership and vision assisted deepen democracy and economic success in Taiwan. We express genuine acknowledgements to Dr Lee’s loved ones, friends, and many admirers in Taiwan. May his soul rest in everlasting peace,” the Indian mission stated on its Facebook account.

Reacting to the statement, the Foreign Ministry of Taiwan (Republic of China) said, “Late President Lee Teng-hui made historic contributions to the transition to and the conditioning of democracy in Taiwan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs want to thank India and the India Taipei Association for revealing their acknowledgements.”

” We will continue to maintain the complimentary and democratic principles he held dear, and continue to deal with India and other like-minded countries to strengthen our cooperative ties and make sure peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific area and the larger world,” its Foreign Ministry said.

With India following the One-China policy, New Delhi’s objective is extremely careful in its statements, and it doesn’t release politically-loaded statements on Taiwan– like the one issued on Friday. In truth, the Indian federal government opened its mission (ITA) in Taiwan in 1995 throughout Lee’s tenure.

India’s pivot towards Taiwan was witnessed last month with New Delhi choosing a high-profile career diplomat as India’s next envoy to Taipei And the declaration Friday is the first major declaration considering that diplomat Gourangalal Das took charge as envoy mid-July.

After the death of Chiang Kai-shek’s child Chiang Ching-kuo in 1988, Lee actively worked towards making democracy a reality in Taiwan– much to Beijing’s annoyance.

In 1996, the very first direct governmental election in Taiwan, he was democratically elected with a landslide for a second term.

As President, Lee eliminated laws that came in the way of democratic development, overhauled the legislature, carried out totally free legal elections, and allowed people to vote for their President for the first time.

Existing President Tsai Ing-wen is thought about Lee’s protege and seems following in his footsteps.

After Lee’s death, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Friday stated it had actually seen the news which “Taiwan self-reliance is a dead end”.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Lee an important gamer in changing Taiwan into a “beacon of democracy”.

The Dalai Lama, in a letter to Lee Teng-hui’s better half Tseng Wen-hui, wrote, “His contribution to Taiwan’s democratic advancement was an exceptional accomplishment. Today, Taiwan is a dynamic and flourishing democracy with a rich cultural heritage. Perhaps the very best homage we can pay him is to keep in mind his guts and determination and replicate his devotion to democracy.”

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