Lee Teng-Hui

Can I cast a ballot before I die?

Mainland media and internet users stepped up their reporting and comments on Taiwan this week in the run-up to today's presidential poll.

Saturday, 14 January, 2012, 12:00am

Pro-independence hardliner backs KMT presidential candidate

Kuomintang presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou has gained support from an influential pro-independence hardliner in southern Taiwan, giving him yet another strong boost ahead of this month's election.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Chen's 2000 pledges

The 'Four Noes and One Not' pledge was made by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian during his inaugural speech in 2000 to assure the US he would not do certain things that could lead to formal independence.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Taiwan to flex its military muscle

Island's first military parade in 16 years to feature locally made missiles

Taiwan is set to showcase two locally developed missiles for the first time during its 'national day' parade in an apparent display of its capacity to strike back should Beijing attack the island.

9 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Bad manners caused chaos at theme park

It surprises me to learn that Hong Kong's Disneyland has attendance troubles.

30 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

What's in a name?

Taiwan's politicians are sliding down the slipperiest of slopes with their tit-for-tat renaming game. There is no better way to further divide the already fractious island than to mess with place names, the reservoirs of every society's identity.

25 May 2007 - 12:00am

Investors, not politicians, hold the key

The man in the duty-free shop at Taipei airport looked longingly at my passport. 'When will we have a green passport for the Republic of Taiwan? That is what we want, but the communists will attack us. So, sadly, I do not see it.'

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Memorial must go: Taipei

The Taipei county government yesterday gave a Japanese-friendly civic group a week to remove a controversial war memorial.

'The structure must be removed in a week since it was built without a proper licence,' said Tsai Li-chuan, an official with the county government.

19 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

One for the book

Ruan Ming used to be a special assistant to the late Hu Yaobang , the liberal Communist Party general secretary, in whose name the students gathered in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. He now lives in Taiwan where he is a 'visiting professor' at Tamkang University. His new book was published recently by Taiwan Interminds, a notably pro-Taiwanese company.

16 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Chen says he is investing, not buying friends

Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has sought to clarify a media report about a US$250 million fund, saying it was not used to dole out aid to the island's allies in Central and South America but to fund investments in the regions.

27 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Christian values

This month, Taiwan's former president Lee Teng-hui was awarded an honorary doctorate in theology by the Taiwan Theological College to celebrate its 132nd anniversary. He had never sought to hide his Christian affiliation, the college said in its citation, and had always brought Christian principles to bear on his policy decisions.

24 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Party hangover

After the disastrous defeat of Lien Chan, the Kuomintang's presidential candidate that he handpicked, Lee Teng-hui's decision to resign as chairman of the party came as no surprise.

20 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Too late for awards

For the briefest period after the Taiwan earthquake, it looked as if speedy offers of help and sympathy from the mainland might serve to heal the discord stirred up by President Lee Teng-hui's 'two states' speech. Today, that idea seems like wishful thinking.

28 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Army Day salvo targets Lee, sect

Army Day was marked yesterday with state media tributes to the 'unbeatable' PLA as a stabilising force against Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui and the outlawed Falun Gong.

2 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Taiwan President 'sinner in history'

Mainland official media stepped up their assault on Taiwan's President last night calling him a 'sinner in history' and a 'manipulator' exploiting frayed Sino-US ties for personal gain.

'Lee Teng-hui has made himself a sinner in history by attempting to split the motherland when he redefined cross-strait relations as 'state-to-state',' Xinhua said.

17 Jul 1999 - 12:00am