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Koo Kwang-ming, tireless advocate for Taiwanese independence, dies at 96

He criticized the DPP government for moderating its stance in recent years

In addition to calling for Taiwanese independence, Koo Kwang-ming, pictured here in 2004, advocated strong ties with Japan, where he lived for over two decades.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Koo Kwang-ming, a strong advocate for Taiwanese independence and closer ties with Japan, died in February at 96. Even in his last years, he remained in the public eye.

During President Tsai Ing-wen's swearing-in ceremony in 2016, the nonagenarian refused to join the crowd in standing up for Taiwan's official national anthem, originally adopted in 1930 when Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist party, or Kuomintang, ruled mainland China from Nanjing.

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