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Ex-ROC president refuses to comment on meeting with Abe

Ex-ROC president refuses to comment on meeting with Abe

Tokyo, July 23 (CNA) Former Republic of China (ROC) President Lee Teng-hui held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo Thursday in Tokyo during his ongoing visit to Japan but Lee refused to comment on the talks during a press conference, according to a TV Tokyo report.
Abe met with Lee Thursday morning at a hotel in Tokyo where Lee stayed. Their rare talks could provoke mainland China, according to the report.
The meeting was confirmed by a Japanese Diet member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) who maintains good relationship with Taiwan and Lee himself when he stepped out of the hotel later that day. Lee hosted a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan at around 11:30 a.m., which lasted for about an hour and a half.
Asked whether he had met with Abe, "I have no comment regarding this matter," Lee replied.
However, while addressing the press conference, Lee repeatedly praised Abe for his administrative performance, including the introduction of "Abenomics," an audacious set of economic policies designed to spur the country out of its decades-long deflationary slump, and the pushing of a package of security bills through Japan's lower house of parliament.
Lee said that Abe has usually taken into account the interests of the Japanese people while rolling out policies.
When asked whether his ongoing visit to Japan was made at the invitation of Abe, Lee replied "No." (By Yang Ming-chu and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-27 16:00 GMT+08:00