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Ex-President Lee Teng-hui on private trip to Japan

Ex-President Lee Teng-hui on private trip to Japan

Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) Former President Lee Teng-hui departed Friday for Japan on a one-week private visit, his sixth such trip in 14 years. Lee said prior to his departure that he will use the opportunity to discuss with the Japanese side issues related to cancer treatment, solar photovoltaic energy and livestock breeding. Accompanied by his wife Tseng Wen-hui and two daughters, the 91-year-old is scheduled to arrive later Friday at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, where he will hold a news conference, according to the Friends of Lee Teng-hui Association, which helped organize the trip. He will deliver a speech in that city Saturday, before heading to Tokyo Sept. 21, where he is scheduled to give another speech and tour renewable energy facilities. His last stop will be Hokkaido on Sept. 23, where he will visit livestock breeding and dairy businesses. Lee, the first democratically elected president of Taiwan and an outspoken supporter of Taiwan independence, last visited Japan in September 2009. The current tour is his sixth visit to Japan since May 2000, when his stepped down after having been in office for 12 years. The first Taiwanese-born president of the Republic of China, Lee lived 22 years under Japanese rule and has expressed affection for Taiwan's former colonial ruler. (By Chiu Chun-chin and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-10-20 16:14 GMT+08:00