Former President returns to Taiwan from Japan visit
Jun 25, 2018Human RightsComments Off on Former President returns to Taiwan from Japan visit
Taipei, Former President Lee Teng-hui (???) returned to Taiwan Monday after concluding a four-day visit to Japan.
Accompanied by his personal entourage, the 95-year-old Lee arrived in a wheelchair at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and did not respond to questions from reporters.
However, Lee told reporters at Naha Airport in Okinawa earlier in the day that he hopes Taiwan and Japan can deepen their relationship.
Asked by reporters what role he expects Japan to play for the sake of peace in Asia and the world, Lee said Japan has always relied on the United States to ensure regional and world peace, but should shoulder responsibility for security of Taiwan and even Asia as a whole.
Lee was invited by the Japan-Taiwan Peace Foundation in Naha City to attend the unveiling ceremony of a monument dedicated to Taiwanese soldiers killed in the bloody Battle of Okinawa during World War II June 24, one day after Okinawa Memorial Day, a public holiday in Japan.
On June 23, Lee delivered a speech at a dinner hosted jointly by the Japan-Taiwan Peace Foundation in Naha City and the Friends of Lee Teng-hui Association in Japan.
Lee's trip was his ninth visit to Japan since his presidency ended in 2000.