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Saturday August 15th, 2020 3:36PM

Local media: Ex-Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui dies at age 97

By The Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Local media are reporting that ex-Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, who oversaw the island’s transition to full democracy, died Thursday evening. Lee was 97 and had largely dropped out of public life in his later years.

As a member of the then-governing Nationalist Party, Lee was made Taiwan’s leader following the death of Chiang Ching-kuo and in 1996 won Taiwan’s first direct presidential election.

He was also the frequent target of verbal attacks from China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, to be brought under its control by force if necessary.

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