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Lee Teng-hui's dream of 'two states' paved way for Tsai Ing-wen

Former president's education policy helped forge Taiwanese identity

Tsai Ing-wen, then presidential candidate from the Democratic Progressive Party, hugs former president Lee Teng-hui during his last election rally at New Taipei City in January 2012. Tsai is now Taiwan's president.   © Kyodo

TOKYO/TAIPEI -- Lee Teng-hui, the former president of Taiwan who died on Thursday, was known on the island as "Mr. Democracy."

Censured by Beijing for seeking Taiwan's independence from China, Lee had spent his life championing the island's interests and sovereignty.

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