White House and US Secretary of State Mile Pompeo raised the former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui for his contribution to a democratic Taiwan.
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After the news of Lee Teng-hui’s passing came out, various Chinese media’s report on Lee was completely different from that of the United States.
Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said on the 31st that he had noticed the news of Lee Teng-hui’s death, emphasizing that “Taiwan independence is a dead end,” and “the historical trend of national reunification and national rejuvenation cannot be stopped by anyone or any force.”
The Chinese state media Xinhua News Agency put out these comments: “In a nutshell, the approach taken by Lee Teng-hui, while he was in power during an over ten year period, is to attack the pro-reunification forces under the disguise of localization and democratization by cultivating Taiwan independence separatist forces and ideology.”
The same editorial stated that Lee Teng-hui pretended to support a one-China policy when he just took office, but as his power was consolidated, remarks such as “equivalent political entities” gradually appeared. The comment concluded that “Lee Teng-hui tried to create two-China and one-China-one-Taiwan in the international arena. But the facts proved that he had failed. Therefore, the succession of Lee Teng-hui’s line in Taiwan will only end in a more pathetic way than what Lee Teng-hui had done.”
Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin stated on Weibo after Lee Teng-hui’s death: “It is legitimate to sympathize with a dead old man,” but he called Lee Teng-hui “the key politician in promoting Taiwan’s de-sinicization at an important juncture.” Therefore, he believes that “this person will definitely become a notoriously stinky figure in Chinese history for thousands of years. There will be no Taiwanese history by itself, only the local history of Taiwan under Chinese history.”